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    Major improvements are coming to iOS in this tenth iteration of the operating system. Apple delivered a number of updates to lifestyle features which were well received. iMessage overhauls, Siri improvements, a top to bottom new Apple Music, and we saw a brief glimpse at the future of how we'll navigate our devices through improvements to gestures and 3D Touch. That last point leaves a small community of iPhone users in the lurch however as not all brand new iPhones will be able to take advantage of force pressing through shortcuts and menu options. It shouldn't come as much of a surprise ...

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    Ten big updates were announced for iOS during WWDC 2016, and 3D Touch was featured prominently for several demonstrations. Apple's focus on streamlining UI navigation will rely heavily on integrating services within other apps, and providing users quick snippets and "at-a-glance" interactions. On the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, users can already "peek and pop" through specific services like the mail app. This feature is dependent on specific hardware requirements, namely the pressure sensitive screen on the current flagship iPhones, so user adoption is limited to only the most expensive current ...

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    When you buy a phone, mission one for the thing is to communicate. And with new features tacked onto the calls side and the iMessage side, we have plenty of communication going on. New APIs for the call experience on iOS 10 can integrate plenty of neat-o features like voicemail transcription and enhanced identification of spam calls with third-party extensions (like through Tencent). If you have an iPhone for work, you can also route your personal iPhone calls through that work device. Messages got a whole bunch of enhancements, starting with rich links that implements in-line video play. ...

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    Apple just outdid itself by improving iOS in not one, not two or three or more departments, but ten to go nicely with the new platform’s name. Of course, at first glance, News and HomeKit upgrades are nowhere near as eye-catching as Siri’s reworked “intelligence”, but if you look deeper, you’ll actually find the latter a pretty big deal. A standalone new Home app now sits on your iOS home screen by default, working on iPhones, iPads and the Apple Watch to help you easily control all your HomeKit devices. You can turn your smart lights on and off, change the temperature and make ...

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    Google Photos may have been the first with the smart album in the cloud, but Photos on iOS won't let Apple's foes across the bay beat it. Albums for geographical, time-based events — otherwise known as "Trips" — get compiled with not only all the pictures of the event, but interface sections for who was there and where it was happening. HTC might not be too happy with Memories's ability to create an auto-compilation of photos and movies into clips with different "moods" and stock music.

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    While it’s pretty much customary of Apple to tout every new software release as the biggest, greatest, most groundbreaking ever, iOS 10 may well deliver on its promise of being the “biggest iOS release ever for our users.” There are ten pivotal add-ons in iOS 10 (obviously), starting with user experience. As vague as it sounds, you already know you’ll feel the across-the-board improvements, including to the lock screen and 3D Touch, the latter of which works with third-party apps like Uber or ESPN in a number of ways. Control Center is another redesigned area of the mobile ...

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    Time for another Worldwide Developers Conference keynote, huh? No more wishlists, no more expectations, not even a single thought thread extra. We're about to get the straight stuff from Apple on where it plans to take its software on all fronts to through 2017. From user-side changes to Apple Music to the engendering of Siri, we have a checklist of what's going to pop up and we'll have stories up starting at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern / 5pm GMT. Shortly before then, you can hit up the WWDC livestream for yourself starting from this link. Most Apple devices will support Apple's HTTP Live ...

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    As if Apple didn’t get enough flak from rumor-following iFans sad to hear yet another incremental iPhone upgrade is most likely in the pipeline this year, tipsters are now hinting at a controversial chromatic decision too. The number of “serious”, businessy paint job options could drop from two for the 6s to just one on the iPhone 7, with iconic silver retained, but space gray prospectively replaced by snazzy “deep blue”, joining the already extravagant gold and rose gold. What if said blue shade however comes closer to an elegant black than a cheesy turquoise? That doesn’t ...

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    Remember back in the day, when all the cool cats were wearing BlackBerries clipped to their belts? It was as much a fashion statement as a way of showing you meant business (literally), and were down with the latest breakthrough technologies, as well as top-notch mobile security measures. Unfortunately, for the most powerful person on Earth, time stood still for the past eight years, with both iPhones and Android devices deemed potentially hazardous in the hands of President Barack Obama. Ultimately, the two current world-leading platforms stepped up their encryption efforts enough for one ...

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    If you're an Android user in a orchard of Apple trees, you may be tired or indifferent to being "the green bubble" of the lot. There's a developer effort firmly in progress called "Pie Message" that hopes to bring the iMessage client over to Android, but it could get overshadowed by a rumored reveal next week at WWDC. According to a source to MacDailyNews, it seems that the company will bring iMessage and its end-to-end communications encryption over to Android. The details of the announcement are still murky as are the keynote preparations, but it is said that the iMessage for Android ...

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    After the IDC back in April came out with preliminary data upholding a predictable decline in global tablet demand between January and March 2016, Strategy Analytics just issued its full and final quarterly report providing additional insight into the floundering market. Essentially, 2-in-1 and “Pro Slate” devices are all that keep this industry from completely collapsing, yielding higher revenue and stabilizing average selling prices (ASPs) at $241. In total, there were just 46.7 million tablets sold in the 90-day timeframe, down 10 percent year-on-year and a massive 33 percent ...

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    It’s time to relinquish hope of seeing a radically redesigned new iPhone released this year, although the 7 and 7 Plus should definitely carve their own aesthetic path, with a dual rear camera and Smart Connector on the latter, fresh antenna band approach, and no headphone jack, among others. Meanwhile, after the successful 2015 introduction of a snazzy rose gold paint job, the iPhone family is rumored to be tweaking its chromatics again in a couple of months. This time, a venerable shade must go, making room for “deep blue” alongside the pinkish hue, silver, and gold. It’s ...

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    It’s one thing to wish for a major imminent VR breakthrough from the world’s most profitable tech company, but it’s an entirely different kettle of fish to realistically expect Apple’s Daydream answer at the 2016 Worldwide Developers Conference next week. Let’s face it, it’s not going to happen. Not so soon, at least, and not at an event described as a “snoozefest” by our own Adam Doud. Of course, it’s even less likely we’ll be hearing a single word on iPhone, iPad or Mac hardware upgrades at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium keynote on Monday, at 10 am Pacific/1 pm ...

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    The two-horse race for global mobile payment gold is clearly a marathon, not a sprint, as road-opener Apple Pay continues to be chased down by Samsung Pay. The latter service recently saw a limited rollout in Singapore, also adding its first European country to its world tour, with Australia reportedly next to support easy and secure Galaxy transactions in a matter of days. Although Samsung Pay’s regional website emphasizes “a specific launch date has not been announced” down under, it’s increasingly likely all the official details will be unveiled next week. Apple Pay is already ...

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    All that demand that shut the T-Mobile Tuesdays app down for most of its first Tuesday out has proven very useful for the Un-carrier to boast about. Who knew that free pizza, ice cream and a movie every week would draw people to downloading something? When you’re the #1 free app & #1 trending search in the @appstore. Get ready for next #TMobileTuesdays #GetThanked pic.twitter.com/SYEJjHOWBN — T-Mobile (@TMobile) June 8, 2016 Yep, T-Mobile Tuesdays is number one in the free section and the trendiest search item on the App Store right now. Over on the Google Play Store as of this ...

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    Talk about first world problems. According to a quarterly survey of nearly 3,000 US Apple customers conducted by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, roughly 50 percent of Q1 2016 iPhone buyers already owning a previous-gen model were upgrading from a device aged 2 or older. Many companies would take this as proof of their products’ endurance and solid user satisfaction levels, and while Cupertino might try to spin the numbers exactly that way, CIRP pinpoints the slowing “rate of change in iPhone features” as the main reason for the shifting landscape. Also, carrier financing ...

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    European football fans, it’s (almost) time to get the highly anticipated show on the road. Unfortunately, instead of worrying about procuring last-minute plane tickets to Paris, booking cheap local accommodation, and somehow finding a way into the UEFA Euro 2016 opening match without paying scalpers an arm and a leg, your primary concern should be steering clear of potential terrorist attacks. Sorry to diminish your excitement, but the threat is real following November 2015 suicide bombings and mass shootings, including near the Stade de France, with tournament security enforced by a ...

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    While this is the kind of stunt we’ve come to expect from Samsung, we can’t help but have a good chuckle over Microsoft’s plans to steal Apple’s thunder in San Francisco early next week. Immediately after Cupertino’s “State of the Union” address ends, which Redmond estimates will be around 5 PM PDT, an “afterparty” behind the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium is scheduled to kick off and run through 8:30, with attendees treated to food and drinks on the house, as well as friendly chats about iOS. Particularly, Microsoft’s growing portfolio of “gold standard-setting” iOS ...

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    It’s sure been an eventful past couple of days in the “Uncarrier” camp, what with John Legere turning it up to 11 and offering T-Mobile shares to customers just for being customers, and yesterday’s free perks paralyzing the operator’s servers for many hours straight due to ridiculously high demand. But T-Mo being T-Mo, it’s not about to stop there in its never-ending quest to woo disgruntled Verizon, AT&T and Sprint users, incentivizing potential switchers with free iPhones and cheap tablets for Father’s Day. Father’s Day, of course, is still more than ten days away, so ...

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    Some people want to watch the world burn. Those are the same people that run Windows 95 on an Apple Watch. Now, app developing firm Tendigi is back at it once again and it is going for the holy grail of crossing mobile platforms: running Android on an iPhone. And Tendigi was successful! Well, with the help of a bit of mass. And another machine it had to build from scratch. And a little engineering. And ... well, just watch the video and read on. In a Medium post, CTO Nick Lee explained that he only had to do a little DIY to get a encased subdevice running Android to seep into an iPhone. ...

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    Samsung and Apple are engaged in all-out war not only in terms of global high-end smartphone and smartwatch sales, but also the rapid spread of their respective digital wallet platforms. Apple Pay preceded its Galaxy-compatible arch-rival in the US, China and even Singapore, not to mention it’s available in Canada, UK and Australia, where Samsung Pay is merely expected sometime later this year. But Samsung Pay recently got a head start in Spain, its first ever European market, and naturally has its Korean homeland in its corner as well, reportedly gearing up for rollouts in Brazil, ...

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    Our phones have turned into one of the most intimate devices in our lives. It’s a possession you never leave home without similar to your car keys or wallet. Smartphones have taken the “time waster” slot in our lives away from more traditional means like crossword puzzles. There’s so many needs that our phones have filled for us that making a little money with them seems like the next logical step right? We’ve all been drawn to the idea of making easy money over the years but most internet based money claims are usually scams that we know are too good to be true. However, not ...

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    2016 is far from over, and there are plenty of interesting high-end gadgets left to be unveiled by the end of the year, including new iPhones, a second-gen Apple Watch, Samsung Galaxy Note 6 or Note 7, LG V10 sequel, HTC-manufactured Nexus duo, and Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book follow-ups. But none of those appears to generate as much buzz as two devices expected out sometime in 2017, namely the first ever iPhone with an AMOLED screen and likely all-glass design too, and the so-called Samsung Galaxy X, aka Project Valley, foldable handheld pioneer. What could the two possibly have in ...

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    It’s clearly a matter of perspective if you deem the Apple Watch a blockbuster or lemon, but it’s hard to contest the wearable’s popularity surge on the heels of nationwide discounts. Unfortunately, most of the recent deals have involved entry-level Sport variants or mid-range stainless steel configurations with chintzy Sport bands, making it difficult to buy a truly premium iOS-compatible smartwatch at a fair price. Luckily, Best Buy seemingly got the memo about the budget needs of even Cupertino’s more exigent target audience, selling elegant 38mm “iWatch” models with saddle ...

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    You don’t need NPH’s charisma, Jaime Lannister’s gallantry, or even the Cookie Monster’s adorkability to come up with an Apple commercial with stellar viral potential. And you definitely don’t need onions either. All it takes is a dedicated, talented community of iFans, and the almost surprisingly capable 12MP rear-facing cameras of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. These have been the protagonists of several “Shot on iPhone” publicity stunts of late, including billboards and a special 30-second Mother’s Day clip compiled by Apple based on touching stills and short vids sent by ...

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