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    Apple had to spend a lot of time thinking about its user interface when dreaming up the Apple Watch, and one of the decisions it ended up making concerned the introduction of a new font. Rather than stick with the Helvetica Neue that's the current system font for both iOS and OS X, Apple chose a typeface it calls San Francisco for the Apple Watch font, a version of which you can see below. Intended to be extra legible at even small sizes, San Francisco made plenty of sense for the smartwatch's tiny screen, but a new rumor claims the font will be finding a more prominent role on larger ...

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    We've been using MixRadio on Nokia devices for years. Back in 2013, we called it the best music service ever. It's free, it's got unlimited streaming, no commercials, and offline music mix downloads so that you don't have to use your data connection. It even automatically predicts what kind of music you're going to like (based on whatever you tell it you like and what you appear to enjoy listening to). The problem was that it was only available for Nokia branded phones and tablets, and Nokia's market share had taken a bit of a nose dive.  Sure you can get a nice Lumia with free MixRadio ...

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    Wouldn't you know it? We only just get done telling you about our experiences with the Apple Watch running its base Watch OS 1.0 software, and Apple's already out with an update. Distribution of Watch OS 1.0.1 is currently underway, with the 51.6MB release delivering a number of performance-related improvements. Let's take a look at exactly what's changing. Apple cites a number of features that should be working better after installing the update, including a lot of activity-based stuff like distance and pace calculations, calorie analysis, and measuring standing times. Siri also sees a ...

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    What is it with rumors about rushing the launches of  high-end phones today? We just shared with you claims that Samsung could be looking to get a leg up on Apple and its presumptive late-summer/early-fall launch of the iPhone 6S Plus with a Galaxy Note 5 that premieres as soon as July, and now we find ourselves checking out some rumors from iOS-land that wonder if Apple could be planning an early launch of its own, introducing the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus in August. At least, so say a couple supply chain sources, noting a few different developments. Those include higher than anticipated ...

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    The Apple Watch is out, and between all the reviews you've had the chance to check out, and maybe even the opportunity to try one on for yourself, there's a good chance by now that you know exactly what to expect. At least, you might know what the Watch does now, but this thing is driven by software, and as Apple makes available new code, its feature set only promises to grow. So what does Apple have in mind for some new capabilities it might bring the smartwatch? Some new rumors suggest a number of features that could be finding their way to the Apple Watch soon. Well, you may know how ...

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    Thought the old Apple and Samsung patent case was over and done with by now? Back in 2012 we saw a jury hand Apple a sizable victory, ruling that Samsung had violated its design and utility patents and awarding over a billion dollars in damages. That figure was revisited time and time again in the months (becoming years) that followed, ultimately landing just a little bit south of where it was initially, with Samsung on the hook for $930 million. Well, it turns out the story's far from over just yet, and Samsung could see its penalty nearly cut in half. At issue is a $382 million chunk of ...

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    System backups of any kind are great. Knowing that your information is safely stored in the cloud takes a lot of work out of transferring your information from one phone to another, and it takes a bit of the edge off of losing your phone. Apple’s iCloud backups have long been one of the best mobile backup solutions, with Android typically tailing a bit behind — but how far off is Android’s backup system from matching iCloud’s ease of use and efficiency? Well, as it turns out … not very. With iCloud on an iOS device like an iPhone or iPad, every last detail of your phone is backed ...

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    Is it finally time for Apple to say goodbye to 8MP cameras for the iPhone? After years and years of coming back to the same resolution shooter, rumors have suggested that Apple may be ready to join much of its smartphone competition in the land of higher pixel counts, and could give the next-gen iPhone a 12MP camera. That same claim is now being repeated by new analyst sources, but with some clarification that may have you thinking twice about just how welcome this change could be. Supposedly, while Apple could give the iPhone 6S a 12MP main camera, we'd see physical pixel size drop from ...

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    If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a thousand times: smartphone cameras are important. People are tossing their point-and-shoots aside in favor of their phones, and for a lot of consumers it’s one of the biggest deciding factors in choosing a phone. But in a lot of cases, the cameras in our smartphones are paired with software that doesn’t take full advantage of the sensors. Auto shooting modes are great for quick snaps and selfies, but just as is the case with DSLRs, if you want to get serious about your photos you’re going to want to switch to manual mode. First off, what is ...

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    Apple has found a ton of success in its new iPhone formula after the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. It’s clear that the market wanted bigger phones, and after much drama from the company’s sales team, the plan has clearly worked as the company has broken many of its own records in sales. The momentum has been significant enough to see Apple outgrow giants like Samsung and Xiaomi as well, and today we hear more predictions. UBS’ Evidence Lab has just provided some of its predictions on what to expect from Apple this quarter, and we’re looking at a crazy 51 million iPhone ...

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    Times have changed when it comes to the music business model, and Apple is clearly up to something big with its recent acquisition of Beats. At a time when Spotify and YouTube are already leaving iTunes behind in sales, we could even say that Cupertino is late in finding the right formula to regain popularity. We’re still unclear over what Apple plans to do with Beats Music, but today we get news on part of the plan. Trusted sources claim that Apple will revamp Beats Music to a new service that might be known as Apple Music. We’re not sure if this also means that iTunes will cease to ...

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    Apple first announced HomeKit at WWDC 2014 when drawing the curtain back on iOS 8. HomeKit would allow iOS software to talk with home automation products, and with features like voice control through Siri, it all sounded very promising – except we've still yet to see it arrive. While Apple never publicly offered a specific date for when that might happen, some of its HomeKit hardware partners had been talking about their HomeKit-compatible products launching in May or June. Now a new rumor suggests that Apple is pushing back its timetable, and instead we're looking at a late summer ...

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    As ridiculous as it may sound for Apple to get into the electric vehicle business, we’ve seen an incredible amount of rumors that point in that direction. The rumored “Project Titan” is real according to sources, so much so that we’ve seen Cupertino renting vans here and there for reasons we still can’t confirm. Another major indicator is Apple’s poaching of Tesla Motors engineers, in addition to A123 engineers, and this has led Apple into some major legal issues. If you remember, A123 Systems sued Apple earlier this year over poaching engineers and scientists to work in ...

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    Before the launch of Apple’s Activation Lock services, owning an iPhone or iPad made many users vulnerable to theft. Ever since the law was enforced, we’ve seen a dramatic drop in theft cases in many countries like the UK, mainly because a stolen iPhone or iPad is useless unless the thief knows the victim’s iCloud password. Watch theft is another common world problem since these are mostly considered jewelry items, and you can bet the Apple Watch falls under that category. A recent study has just proven that owning an Apple Watch may also make you very vulnerable to theft. At a time ...

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    Apple Watch, ever since its launch last month, has seen a steady stream of development from most top mobile software development companies. For example, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and others have announced their intentions (or apps already) to develop for the device – not one big company is ignoring this device's existence. The latest company to hop on the Apple Watch bandwagon? One of Apple's biggest competitors in the smartwatch arena: Google. This first Google Apple Watch app isn't actually a separate app – it has just been issued in the form of an update to the existing News ...

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    Even though Steve Jobs never believed in music streaming services, times have definitely changed, and so has the music streaming model, in addition to data speeds and limits. As such, we’ve seen Apple make some desperate moves to retain its music supremacy with acquisitions like Beats Music, in addition to internal rumors that claim that Apple wants to cripple Spotify and YouTube by convincing labels to eliminate the Freemium model. Apple obviously needed its sales leverage to make a point out of this, but today it seems things went downhill. Warner Music Group just ended its Q2/2015 ...

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    Apple has found unprecedented success with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Cupertino was able to steal Samsung’s supremacy for a short-lived quarter in market share, and it’s currently fractions of a point away from Xiaomi’s supremacy in China. Apple is in desperate need to keep this momentum growing, and today we learn of some of the strategy. KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo is famous for very accurate Apple predictions, and today a new memo to investors provides insight on what to expect from Apple’s next iPhone lineup. For now we’ll dub these the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, even though ...

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    One of Microsoft's most important divisions is its Office department for productivity tools, and within that, iOS has become a key part of the Redmond-based company's playbook. It's kept its iOS apps well up-to-date, and it's not about to buck that trend, providing today a couple Microsoft Office iOS updates bringing minor (but welcome) improvements to the iOS versions of PowerPoint, Excel, and Word. The changelogs for all three are below – the updates are fairly minor and self-explanatory, though several of the new features have seen lots of support for their addition as of late. For ...

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    Every time a new phone comes out, no matter what crazy new features it brings to the table, there are two key factors that ultimately seem to determine its worth to consumers: camera performance and battery life. The Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 is a terrific low-cost smartphone that could’ve even beat out some flagships … if not for its disappointing camera. On the other hand, Samsung has been selling the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge hand over fist for its an outstanding camera … but you won’t be snapping for long with that battery. The Moto X has an incredibly useful software suite … but ...

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    iOS 8.4 has proven to be more than just a dot upgrade ever since the first beta reached developers a few weeks ago. Apple is desperate to retain its music supremacy at a time when Spotify is making some major damage in its bottom line, and the company's major revamp to its Music app could lead that initiative. At a time when WWDC 2015 is just around the corner, betas should flood the news with changes, and today we get the latest one. iOS 8.4 beta 3 build 12H4098c has just reached developers, and for those of you testing it publicly, you can look forward to the second beta. This launch ...

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    Even if Apple won't admit it, all companies are desperate for a way to push the tablet market to grow again. Phablets have sunk their teeth into tablets over the last couple of quarters, owning a good chunk of the US smartphone market, and leaving tablets in decline. Most believe that the answer to the challenge is Apple's rumored iPad Pro, or iPad Plus, and today we get both good and bad news. On the positive front, trusted sources claim that Apple is already in talks with display suppliers like LG, JDI and Samsung in order to mass produce AgNW-coated touch panels for the iPad Pro. AgNW ...

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    One of the most frustrating problems about today’s smartwatches is that once their batteries run out, they’re pretty much useless. The biggest challenge that most of these companies face, is being able to give you a smartwatch that lasts for days, or even months. Charging these can also be a challenge, as not all mechanisms are either practical, or durable. All this said, what if a company approached things differently and focused on giving you a smartwatch that you wouldn’t have to recharge? Hong Kong-based Cogito is one of the few companies with a solution to that problem, but you ...

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    That the Apple Watch makes for a good heart rate monitor shouldn't be surprising. OK, sure it struggles to read your pulse through heavy tattooing, but this is an optical sensor – what did you expect when a bunch of ink gets in the way? But compared to the tiny sensors on many of the phones and wearables we've seen to date, the Apple Watch's is positively ginormous. It's over-engineered to the extent that it would work just fine as a pulse oximeter, delivering even more health data than it does now, should Apple ever implement such an ability in software. But as things stand now, ...

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    When Samsung introduced the original Galaxy Note at the 2011 IFA in Berlin, the company shocked everyone with its class-defining phablet with a 5.3-inch screen (at times where phones were in the four-inch area). It took phablets some time to get traction, and, even more time in the US, but apparently large smartphones are now preferred by Americans. According to a recent Kantar World Panel research, the phablet market grew almost four times year over year. If large smartphones were accounting for six percent share in the first quarter of 2014, they now represent 21 percent of the US ...

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    Visually, the Apple Watch may not be everyone’s cup of tea, and especially at times when devices like the Moto 360 continue to challenge competitors. Internally things are a different story though, with many tear downs proving that the Apple Watch was a true engineering challenge for the most part. Today we have more teardown information revealing valuable information about this Apple Watch, and the next one to come. A new teardown and deep analysis from Chipworks reveals various details of Apple's S1 chip. On the positive front, the fact that Apple was able to fit the entire motherboard ...

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