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    It used to be that you immediately knew what to expect from an iPhone's display: a 3.5-inch panel in a 3:2 aspect ratio. Sure, there were some minor tweaks here and there, and a well-deserved resolution bump with the iPhone 4, but it wasn't until the arrival of the iPhone 5 that things really started changing. First we saw the move to a new aspect ratio and larger 4-inch size, and just a couple years later we have probably what are probably the biggest departures for iPhone screens to date, the largest and highest-resolution-yet panels on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. In light of all this ...

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    HTC's next flagship, the rumoured Hima (aka the One M9) didn't make an appearance at the ongoing CES 2015 (and we're not at all surprised), but there were enough news from the Taiwanese company to get us excited: the Desire 320 (though not a CES device per se), the Under Armour partnership bit, as well as the Desire 826 announcement (and our hands-on). While still in Vegas for CES 2015, HTC announces that the company's Re camera will be able to live stream to YouTube, if that's something you wanted to do, and couldn't out of the box. The HTC Re YouTube live streaming capability will be ...

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    Between HTC's partnership with Under Armour, that unannounced LG round-screened model, and numerous wearables that formally launched at CES this year, we've totally got smartwatches on the mind right now. That works out just fine for us, though, as a new smartwatch rumor has just hit our desk, talking about when we might expect to see the arrival of probably the most eagerly-anticipated wearable of the season, the Apple Watch. So far, numerous attempts have been made to nail-down just when Apple intends to get Watch sales started, but a firm ETA has been elusive. Now a new report looks at ...

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    Go shopping for a new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus in the States right now, and Apple will do everything in its power to steer you towards the choice of a cellular provider. Sure, you can buy an iPhone 6 that's unlocked and ready to be used with the GSM carrier of your choice, but you can't escape Apple's push towards at least one network, as even the unlocked option is bundled with a T-Mobile SIM. That's not the case everywhere, though, and in other nations you can order just an iPhone, with no SIM whatsoever. Now word arrives that a similar option is about to hit US shoppers, and Apple could ...

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    Lenovo just shared with us news of a couple new phones, but that's not it for this year's CES offerings. The company's also going after the wearable market with a new wristband, and one sporting a pretty impressive battery life: the Vibe Band VB10. The VB10 looks a bit like wearables like the Samsung Gear Fit or Microsoft Band, having a similar rectangular display. The VB10's stands out by nature of it being a low-power, high-contrast e-ink screen, one that measure 1.43 inches and has a resolution of 296 x 128. That low-power display tech allows the VB10 to last for up to a week on a ...

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    CES is an utterly fascinating time to be a smartphone fan – well, so long as you're not an Apple user, anyway. For while we're sure to see the presence of lots of new iPhone and iPad accessories, that's all out in third-party country, with Apple steering clear of crowded multi-platform expos like this. The big Apple news of the season is likely still a month or more away, as we get ready for the retail debut of the Apple Watch, but there's also been talk of some new phone and tablet hardware in development. Specifically, we've heard a few rumors claiming that Apple would backpedal a ...

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    When will you have the chance to buy Apple's first smartwatch? We've heard a few different theories for specific launch windows, but the only official word out of Apple has been “early 2015.” Will that mean February? Maybe March? We can't yet say, but the feeling that we're looking at a Q1 release has been a strong one. At least, that's the case in the US, but what's the outlook for Apple Watch sales elsewhere? There's still no hard answer to be found anywhere, but some recent changes to regional Apple Watch landing pages have begun to suggest a staggered rollout, with certain ...

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    The International CES begins in just a few days, with major press conferences lined up for January 5. That means the world is gearing up for one of the biggest tech conventions of the year: a great tech-filled beginning to 2015. Because CES encompasses not just mobile tech but the tech world as a whole, it's easy to get lost in the torrent of information that comes from the show. To try to help consolidate all you might have been hearing, we've rounded up the biggest and most relevant mobile rumors all in one place, ordered by manufacturer. Without further ado, here's our CES 2015 rumor ...

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    Back in the early days of 2014 we took a look at a breakdown of several popular phones, ranking them all based on how much storage space was actually available to users. Apple appeared to be doing quite well, with both the iPhone 5S and 5C arriving with between 70 and 80 percent of their total storage (for the 16GB models) available out of the box – compare that with Samsung and the Galaxy S4, which had less than 55 percent of its space free. But even Apple's relatively small iOS footprint there isn't good enough for some people, and now a new class-action lawsuit seeks to hold Apple ...

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    We haven't heard any reports that claim that Apple Pay has taken the world by storm, but we do know that the service has gained some dramatic market share in just a few months of service. These reports even mention that a good percentage of users are not just testing the service, but actually using it more than once over different purchases during the week. The biggest challenge that Apple faces is for Apple Pay to be flawless in its interaction with customers and payments, and new reports claim that there is a glitch that's giving people a hard time. Apple Support forums are already ...

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    Whether you admit it or not, John Legere is most famous for making the T-Mobile brand something to talk about in the US. His hilarious demeanor and his "Un-carrier" strategy has brought T-Mobile back to the lime light after a failed buy-out by AT&T just a few years ago. Legere is also famous for his predictions, and today he's got a lot to say about two separate topics. In an odd press release today, John Legere made a couple of predictions for 2015. One of these has to do with the Apple Watch, and the other has to do with his company reaching the goals they set out for 2014. When it ...

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    Apple was clearly responsible for the death of the stylus after the launch of the first-generation iPhone. In a way, this has allowed user interaction with smartphones to be more efficient, but it also removes the level of accuracy that styli have offered users since their inception. Samsung has tried to pioneer the re-birth of the stylus with its Galaxy Note lineup, but reports claim that Apple has something cooler up its sleeve. We've been covering a significant amount of patents that Apple has filed with the stylus, but none of these have yet become a product. A new patent today reveals ...

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    Who would've thought that increasing the size of the iPhone would amount to so much in 2014? Apple broke all of its sales records during the first few days since the launch of the iPhone 6, and these numbers also broke records in the company's bottom line. If you're wondering how well Apple did this holiday season, the answer is still a shocker. Flurry conducted some very interesting analytics this holiday season, and this consisted in measuring the worldwide mobile device activations during December 19 to the 25th. These are the most common dates when people could've opened gifts for ...

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    There are a lot of ways we can look at which companies are the most successful in the smartphone game. Who's selling the most phones? Who's making the most profit off phone sales? Who's got the most loyal customers? Each may tell a slightly different story, and only by thinking about all of them do we really get an over-arching picture of the market. Today we're checking out what could be the start of a significant shake-up, as Samsung slides past Apple in terms of customer satisfaction. What we're looking at is data on the preferences of US shoppers as compiled by the American Customer ...

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    Returning a smartphone or tablet is one thing: whether you're dealing with a retailer or the manufacturer directly, you've often got a couple weeks (if not months or longer) to bring the issue to their attention, and these companies are often pretty good about making things right (assuming, of course, that you didn't accidentally damage your new phone and are just trying to game the system – shame!). But the situation has been far less pleasant when it comes to digital items, and regardless of if we're talking about movies, music, or even apps, getting any money back can be like pulling ...

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    As usual, at the end of every year, we're looking back at what happened over the course of twelve exciting months -- that got us a lot of extraordinary products and services. We not only do this because it's fun and important to recap some crucial events, but also because we usually also look at the future, trying to anticipate what the next year will bring us; and, in order to realistically try to predict things from the future, we need to know what happened in the past. We're kicking off the year-end series today with the best apps, as well as the not so "impressive" applications of ...

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    Apple's launch of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus was more than just a success. The company broke sales records on the first few days, and even with the supply restraints of the iPhone 6 Plus, the company's bottom line still broke records as well. It's already been three months since the launch of these devices in the US, and if you think sales figures have slowed down, think again. A recent survey conducted to more than a thousand US consumers reveals that people still want to purchase an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. 50% of the people surveyed said they wanted to buy an iPhone, compared ...

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    Apple has tried and failed at bringing us sapphire displays for its iPhone and iPad lineup. The drama behind the company's attempt to build sapphire in the US is long, and in the end, all we see is the company's Asian partners trying to solve the problem for Cupertino. Today we learn that Apple is still planning to give us a sapphire iPhone soon, and a long time partner seems to be in charge. Foxconn has been responsible for building iPhones for Apple since we can remember, and some new reports claim that the company is highly interested in adopting the sapphire business for Apple. If you ...

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    Apple's launch of the iPhone 5c last year was met with significant complaints and disappointment. Surely, there wasn't anything that was really wrong with the smartphone as it was, but the fact that it was priced too high made people ignore it and focus on the iPhone 5s at the time. Today Meizu has launched a new smartphone that looks a lot like the iPhone 5c, but fixing some of its quirks. The new Meizu M1 Note is so identical to an iPhone 5c, that the Chinese press confirms that Meizu sent press invitations along with an iPhone 5c chassis on the invite. The main difference is that this ...

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    Even though mobile payments haven't really gained the level of acceptance that smartphone makers would've expected, that doesn't mean that Apple hasn't found some success in the market after just one month. Recent statistics showed that the company was already enjoying 1% of digital payments, and with most users using the service more than once every week. We might attribute Apple's success to the partnerships the company was able to land, though not everything is a pretty picture. Apple has silently updated its Apple Pay website to reflect some new light in the status of the remaining ...

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    There's no denying that Apple found new success with its launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The company has broken every sales record it had in just the first few weeks of sales, making it clear that customers did want a larger display on an iPhone. That being said, we also heard some recent reports claiming that Apple is working on a smaller 4-inch iPhone, and these rumors gain more traction today. Analyst Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company landed some fame recently with some accurate rumors about the display size of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus earlier this year. Today, Arcuri ...

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    Updated with links to the high-quality version of the podcast (both to stream and download it), as well as timecodes to let you jump through the podcast. As always, thanks for listening, and we'll see you right here next week! "Bring us alternate topics," you said. And boy oh boy, have the waning days of December delivered. On today's podcast, we're joined by Daniel Bader of MobileSyrup for a firsthand account of the BlackBerry Classic launch and an acoustic retelling of MobileSyrup's BlackBerry Classic review, told as only a true Canadian can tell it. On the heels of that, we're ...

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    A little earlier today we took a look at where smartphones have been able to take fingerprint-based authentication so far, wondering about what future the tech might have. Has the novelty worn off? Will the security it offers substantially improve? It looks like Apple's been asking itself some similar questions, and today we see the publication of a patent application that may hint at what's next for Touch ID. The gist of the patent is an unlock system that combines fingerprint scanning with the sort of pattern or combination-based lock screens already used on many phones that lack ...

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    Apple has had its good batch of ups and downs with iOS 8. On the positive side, the company has launched a more mature version of the operating system, and has addressed a lot of the things we asked for with iOS 7. That being said, its initial launches led to some bricked iPhone 6 units, and some slow legacy devices. iOS 8.1.2 was recently launched with some silent bug fixes, but it seems that was just part of the story. Apple hasn't really seeded iOS 8.1.3 to developers as is customary, but some activity logs are already claiming its existence. This wouldn't be the first time that Apple ...

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    Google's voice-controlled features can already do some wonderful things. You need only speak the words, “OK, Google, how tall is Tom Cruise?” aloud before your phone fires back with, “five feet, seven inches.” Or you can ask your phone what the weather's going to be like tomorrow, how many milliliters there are in a tablespoon, or who sung “Call Me Maybe.” And while Google's voice features are very good at answering things for you, maybe even more impressive are tasks you can accomplish directly with voice commands. This week, the service picks up a pretty interesting one, as ...

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