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    It’s starting to feel like we’re going round in circles discussing the next-gen iPhones, which are probably just a month away from kicking off pre-orders, and have recently leaked in working order, albeit the pictured and recorded designs weren’t necessarily final. Still, many credible tipsters and knowledgeable sources answered our most important questions, some more than once, in detailed reports of late, and today, “people familiar with the matter” cited by Bloomberg add to the pile of plausible, repetitive iPhone 7 rumors. Yet again however, the “new models” aren’t ...

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    Both the watchOS and Android Wear platforms look set to receive extensive bundles of new features this fall, but in lack of fresh and exciting hardware to go along with them, the software updates probably won’t be enough to revitalize a young market already stuck in a rut. Google and Apple need their wrist-worn late 2016 releases to present compelling use cases, no longer feeling like tiny smartphones or glorified pedometers. Unfortunately, the almost never-failing Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities believes standalone LTE connectivity will only arrive to the Apple Watch next year, while ...

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    Almost two months on the heels of iOS 10’s announcement during WWDC 2016, and likely still at least 30 days away from the commercial launch of the latest big platform redesign, it may seem a little counterproductive for Apple’s software engineers to continue focusing on ironing out iOS 9’s arguably numerous kinks. But if there’s one thing Cupertino takes more seriously than marketing, that’s definitely security, and apparently, iDevices running iOS 9.3.3 were left vulnerable to a memory corruption issue, despite patching a great number of bugs, as did builds 9.3.2, 9.3.1, 9.3, ...

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    Voice calls, texts, words in general, both spoken and written, appear to be losing steam in modern day-to-day communication. The perfect emoji and a carefully selected GIF can take little effort and convey much more emotion, as well as mystery and ambiguity, than your typical figure of speech. With your emoji game recently upped by SwiftKey’s aptly named Swiftmoji release on Android and iOS, it’s time you also brushed up on your GIF reaction skills today, thanks to Google and its more awkwardly titled Gboard app. Unfortunately for our Android-dedicated readers, Gboard for iOS continues ...

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    The global smartphone industry might still be under an OS duopoly, as Android keeps widening the gap to iOS without entirely being able to shake off Apple’s mobile platform, but at least one key market sees its strict monopoly situation getting tighter and tighter. It’s not just Windows Phone, BlackBerry OS or “others” that are nowadays irrelevant in India, with a measly 800K iPhones sold nationwide during Q2 2016. That’s drastically down from an already poor box-office score of 1.2 million units the previous year, and it’s truly a drop in a Google-controlled ocean. Big G’s ...

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    Not all of Apple’s TV and YouTube commercials released in recent months have been as universally praised as iPhone or iPad-promoting video efforts from previous years, some starring onions for unexplained reasons, others getting a controversial message across, while one or two simply fell flat trying too hard to be funny and not offend anybody in the process. But the newest “Shot on iPhone” ad, uploaded to YT earlier today, pretty much absolves Cupertino’s advertising department of all goofs, past and future. At least for a little while, with Maya Angelou’s kind, heart-piercing ...

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    Not all iFans are radical Android haters, and not everyone who uses a smartphone powered by Google’s hugely popular OS is opposed to everything Apple’s hardware and software engineers have ever created. While Cupertino didn’t exactly go the extra mile in rapidly spreading the Apple Music love to rival platforms, the audio streaming service made its public Play Store debut back in November as a work-in-progress. Following nine whole months of beta tests, and more than a year after its iOS-exclusive launch last summer, the Android app is now officially “available”, free of bugs and ...

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    Let’s leave the branding confusion aside for a moment, as well as the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 that’s hogged the spotlight these past couple of days following an entirely predictable but highly anticipated formal announcement. It may finally be time to check out a pre-release iPhone 7 (or 6SE) “testing stage unit” in the flesh, after (at least) one too many visual exposés of mockups and dummy devices purportedly made to resemble the real thing while carrying none of the handheld’s actual internal components. Well, the product pictured today definitely has all its parts in order, ...

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    The smartwatch market is shrinking, with both Apple and Google’s Android Wear hardware-making partners to blame for their delay in renewing last year’s designs, but the wrist-worn tech industry remains kind and giving for at least one key player, veteran and trendsetter. It’s a shame Fitbit seems to be stepping into the limelight only once every 90 days, as its sales results and quarterly earnings scores have yet again beaten analyst forecasts. Surely, the company must now be thinking about building buzz around two mystery products due out at IFA Berlin early next month. Before these ...

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    The newest version of iOS is due for full release this September. Want to learn how to develop iOS 10 apps that take advantage of all the platform's features? Then you need to get The Complete iOS 10 Developer Course, 87 percent off for readers of Pocketnow. The Complete iOS 10 Developer Course includes 30 hours of video content and is delivered by one of the most highly respected instructors in the business, Rob Percival. This training is accessible for life, 24/7, so you can feel free to learn on a schedule and at a pace that works for you. No matter who you are or what your ...

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    Instances of mobile devices unexpectedly catching fire while charging or even randomly exploding without an obvious cause are pretty much as old as time, frequently threatening to tarnish the build quality reputation of everyone from Apple to Samsung, LG and, most recently, Xiaomi. But the latest such incident reported in Australia has to be one of the oddest in the history of freak accidents, at least if we believe the account of 36-year-old management consultant/amateur mountain bike rider Gareth Clear. Born and raised in Great Britain but relocated in Australia a few years ago, Clear ...

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    Vaguely described as a device “powerful enough to easily take on tasks once reserved for PCs”, as well as “many you could never do on a PC” on Apple’s very own official website, the iPad Pro (in both 9.7 and 12.9-inch derivations) is widely considered to be a tablet first. It’s even counted as such in sales reports foreshadowing the extinction of the conventional slate form factor, contributing to a healthy surge in Cupertino’s per-unit gains for the hardware segment not including iPhones, but seeing volumes shrink nonetheless. The jumbo-sized model in particular appears to ...

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    We're in the home stretch of Apple's next major hardware event. It's usually at that event that we see major changes to the company's software platforms take place. It's just as well that we're once again ramping up another set of software betas for developers, the fourth so far, for iOS 10, macOS 10.12 Sierra, tvOS 10 and watchOS 3. The biggest change for iOS 10 this round, as evidenced by an Apple press release, is the inclusion of more than 100 new and redesigned emoji, the bulk of which are new from the Unicode 9 standard. Tweaks include more gender variants of occupational emoji, ...

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    It’s been obvious for a long time now that tablet vendors need to change their approach and adapt to new consumer requirements if they’re to survive and keep the market afloat. But “while growth in the detachable category is undeniable, slates continue to represent the vast majority of the segment.” That’s one of IDC’s most interesting conclusions in compiling preliminary Q2 2016 global shipment data, and of course, finding Android the industry’s dominant force, with 65 percent sales share. Google and its faithful hardware-making partners have found it difficult of late to ...

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    Let’s forget about the US election for a while (but not too long, as your voter registration deadline approaches), and focus on another fierce battle for gold through August 21. A slightly less dirty contest comprising over 300 events across 28 sports, with 10,500 athletes from 206 countries eyeing the greatest honor known to man since ancient Greece. Following all the Olympic action can feel a little overwhelming, though Google promises to play its part more robustly than ever in reducing the risk of missing out the most epic Rio 2016 moments. In addition to the easiest possible ...

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    Back when the Microsoft Band 2 was marked down to $175 (from an ill-advised list price of $250) for the second time, with an unusually distant expiration date, we speculated the deal could become permanent, seeing as how a sequel should be drawing near. Even if Redmond decides for some reason to extend the wearable’s upgrade cycle, and hold up the Band 3 until spring, heated competition in both the fitness tracker and smartwatch spaces must prompt frequent discounts. Surprisingly enough, the manufacturer is back charging an absurd $250 for the sensor-rich band in all three sizes. But ...

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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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