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    Everybody wants a piece of the rapidly growing, multi-billion dollar music streaming pie, including Amazon, according to fresh word around the water cooler. But as for that ancient gossip about Apple Music looking to merge with Tidal and truly go after stubborn market leader and veteran Spotify, it turns out there’s no truth to it. Well, technically, Jimmy Iovine, the co-founder of Beats Electronics and Tim Cook’s music guru since 2014, didn’t deny “such discussions had taken place” in a short statement to BuzzFeed News. He merely stressed Cupertino is no longer interested in ...

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    There are a lot of numbers in that headline, many of which need context and perspective to mean something, but as always, the bottom line is Apple knows how to rapidly and widely spread a major new software update like no other. It’s the advantage of building iPhones and iPads in-house from the ground up, not partnering with third-party OEMs, and taking away the privilege of proprietary optimization, i.e. custom bloat, from carriers. Despite a hiccup “during the first hour of availability” threatening the smooth expansion of iOS 10, everything ultimately went according to plan on ...

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    No headphone jack? No major redesign? No actual physical home button? No problem, said millions of iFans around the world, as they pre-ordered the heck out of some of Apple’s most controversial iPhones in the super-successful iOS device family’s history. Unfortunately, we’ll never know exactly how many iPhone 7 and 7 Plus copies have been snapped up since September 9, and how many more people will snatch them off the shelves of physical Apple stores and authorized retailers during the upcoming first weekend of concrete availability. What Cupertino isn’t shy to reveal is only ...

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    This running gag has been making the rounds online even before the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus were officially unveiled, suggesting Apple would be dropping features, functions and components every year going forward until iOS handhelds are nothing but plain, solid, super-thin slabs of glass. Ironically, it seems that after the 7’s controversial headphone jack exclusion, one of the biggest changes in store for next year’s anniversary iPhone release might be the altogether removal of the home key. Already, the iconic physical, clicky button also hiding the Touch ID fingerprint sensor has turned ...

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    Sometimes, the most memorable and effective commercials are the simplest ones. That may not entirely be the case for Apple’s first YouTube-uploaded 30-second iPhone 7 TV ad, which you’ll no doubt forget as soon as Penelope Cruz or the Cookie Monster return to plug the two trendy new iOS handhelds. Still, it’s refreshing to see you don’t always need a huge production budget, celebrity cameos, tear-jerking story, or even a catchy audio track to do a newly released, highly anticipated product marketing justice. There’s no narrator telling us what to love about the iPhone 7 and 7 ...

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    iOS 10 is available now for the iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, SE, sixth-gen iPod Touch, iPad 4, Air, Air 2, Mini 2, 3 and 4, as well as the 9.7 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro, but it’s not always wise to rush these things, and insist on being among the world’s first iFans running a brand-new operating system build. No matter how many public betas precede wide-scale rollouts of “finished”, fully polished software goodies, a fraction of iDevices will oftentimes encounter major issues at first. Phone and tablet “bricking” is one of the worst things that can happen in these ...

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    Apple has just made iOS 10 public to everyone, meaning if you haven't already checked your Software Update setting, you probably should. We have a separate extensive look at everything iOS 10 can do, but as history proves, you don't always end up using everything that Apple announces. Some features are cool, others, simply not as useful as others. We've been actively testing iOS 10 since the first beta, and decided that it was best if we condensed a separate video that details everything you might care about most with regards to this software update. Watch our full video to learn more.

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    Google's always gotta be cookin' up some new features for something they've already released. And every so often, the company realizes that a little public input can help improve those features' usability and even popularity. And so, the Chromecast team is deciding to harness the public preview to its advantage and start up a Preview Program. No, it's not a beta — the features being floated are considered release-grade, but you get to see and test drive them, then tell Google about your experiences and ideas. So, how do you sign up? Enter into the Google Cast app for Android or iOS and ...

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    Sunrise Calendar is operating for one final day today after its owner, Microsoft, announced in May that it would be shut down by the end of August. So, why the delay in closure? It was mainly so that Microsoft could deliver new features to the calendar built into Outlook for iOS and Android, which have started rolling out today. They include: "Interesting Calendars," which add on an array of events based currently on sports team activities and on other topics that will come soon. New icons will pop up with event titles like "coffee" or lunch." Easy-to-schedule Skype for Business ...

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    In another day or two, we'll probably have to publish a quick story about how fast iOS 10 is being adopted and the torrents of people finding major, iPhone- or iPhone-bricking problems with the update. We hope not to have to write the latter story, actually, but we expect to. Never mind all that, as the iOS 10 software package is available for using to download and install now, as is the watchOS 3 update. You can go to your settings app and check your software or tether your device to your computer and run iTunes to load it in. We encourage you to resist the first-wave syndrome and wait ...

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    At first glance, there’s nothing special about the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus internals. Less laughable than the dual-core in-house Apple A9 processor of the 6s and 6s Plus, the quad A10 is paired with a modest-sounding 2GB RAM inside the newest 4.7-inch iOS handheld, and 3 gigs of the good stuff under the hood of the dual rear cam-sporting 5.5-incher. Meanwhile, most Android high-enders marry 4GB RAM with quad-core Snapdragon 820 SoCs, some pack eight CPU cores, and 6 gigs of RAM is starting to look like less and less of an oddity. But the battle for mobile supremacy isn’t always a numbers ...

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    While Microsoft was arguably right to mock arch-rival Apple in a hilarious side-by-side comparison of the Surface Pro 4 and iPad Pro after the latter got billed as a “computer like no other” in a random, ill-advised advert, it didn’t take long for the jokes to get old and misfire. Sometimes, you have to know when to stop, but instead of calling it quits a couple of weeks back, Redmond quickly put together yet another short clip disparaging the MacBook Air. Not the iPad Pro tablet, the MacBook Air laptop. Quite the controversial apples and oranges comparison, which MS was able to get ...

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    Two major announcements from two tech companies. Apple had the courage to remove one of the most standardized cable ports ever created from the new iPhone 7. The Apple Watch 2 won't turn any heads in terms of design, so will people keep buying it? The Air Pods feature some incredible technology, but will people adopt the Trekkie look? Or if Apple isn't your flavor, we also have this beast of a phone to talk about called the LG V20. Juan, Jules, and Jaime are here to tackle your questions about two of the hottest announcements of the season, so make sure you're charged and ready for episode ...

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    Did you pre-order your very own swim-proof, GPS-including copy of the Apple Watch Series 2 yet? Still on the fence about it, seeing as how it starts at an extravagant $370? Not too keen to cough up $270 either on a Series 1 with a modest Sport band, dual-core processor and all? Then maybe Best Buy can tempt you with a one-of-a-kind, unprecedented deal on the original Apple Watch Sport in both 38 and 42mm sizes. The smaller model, which was launched at a whopping $350 last year, officially discounted to $300 this March, and unofficially to $250 and even $230 in recent months by several ...

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    What exactly are you paying an extra $120 for (instead of the standard $100) when going the plus-sized iPhone 7 route? Well, there’s the already customary display diagonal gap (5.5 vs. 4.7 inches), a resolution and pixel density advantage, the aggressively advertised dual rear cam setup, and surprise, surprise, an additional gig of RAM. Okay, maybe that’s not such a big surprise. It’s unusual, seeing as how both the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus pack 2GB random-access memory, but several credible inside sources told us to expect the under-the-hood distinction, precisely because of the ...

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    There's been a lot of chatter regarding headphone jacks these days. Motorola was first to release a phone lacking a 3.5mm jack, and Apple followed closely behind with the iPhone 7 launch. Talking about the "courage" to buck trends and move the industry forward, we're hearing a bit of feigned disdain towards modern day gadgets using analog cabling. Gosh, it's the year 2016! Why use a cable standard which was originally developed in the 1870's? You'll pardon if we all roll our eyes at another argument based on what year we're living in, as if that would dictate the amount of "progress" we ...

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    Buried under a pile of flashy exclusivity ploys, bombastic incremental iPhone and Apple Watch upgrades, and even eye-catching software release recaps, one of Apple’s lower-key announcements yesterday that may have escaped your radar so far is its mobile payment app’s next expansion wave. Yes, Apple Pay already has an impressive nine countries under its belt, constantly picking up support for more banks and payment methods from the US to the UK, Canada, Australia, China, Singapore, Switzerland, France, and Hong Kong. But the digital wallet’s slow global takeover will officially ...

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    There’s no denying the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, while perhaps too aesthetically similar to their predecessors, bring plenty of exciting goodies to the table. Well, there is, but it’s groundless, with the dual rear cam setup on the 5.5-inch variant looking intriguing, to say the least. And then you have stereo speakers, water-resistant bodies, “magical” wireless AirPods, a faster processor, brighter screens, cool new black options, and so on. At the same time, Apple couldn’t possibly escape the indignation of many iFans, and ridicule of rivals, for ditching the beloved tolerated 3.5mm ...

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    It’s not a buy one, get one free deal, at least not yet, but T-Mobile’s iPhone 7 launch promotion is still something Apple fans aren’t used to seeing so early in an iDevice’s commercial run. Literally right after Cupertino wrapped up yesterday’s jam-packed, iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, Apple Watch Series 2, Super Mario Run, and Pokemon Go for Apple Watch-announcing keynote, John Legere dropped Magenta’s own bombshell on Twitter. Starting this Friday, September 9, at 12:01AM PT, new and existing T-Mo customers looking to offload a well-preserved iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s or 6s Plus can score ...

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    Yesterday was as much Apple’s big day as it surprisingly was Nintendo’s, with Mario’s own “father”, Shigeru Miyamoto, dropping by San Francisco to let the near-resigned mobile world know the best-selling video game franchise ever is finally extending iPhone users an olive branch. Oh, and Pokémon Go is headed for Apple Watches, in case anyone’s still interested. Niantic and The Pokémon Company of course wanted to bring the AR monster hunt extravaganza to your wrist months ago, with a rudimentary little wearable device called Pokémon Go Plus. This is also just about ready for ...

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    No one wants to think about this, but even a robust, water-resistant device like the spanking new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus can sometimes break. If that happens, God forbid, the AppleCare+ protection plan will save you a lot of hassle and, possibly, quite a bit of money, extending your standard one-year limited warranty with an additional 12 months. For a flat admission fee of $129 ($99, as far as the iPhone SE is concerned), plus a $29 “service” charge, you’ll now be able to quickly, painlessly fix a busted-up screen, no questions asked. A second accidental screen damage situation up to ...

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    The magnificent seven is here (no, not Antoine Fuqua’s unnecessary reimagining of Akira Kurosawa’s classic), and we all know what that means for previous-generation iPhones. Discounts. Small but meaningful. EOLs. And, surprise, surprise, storage upgrades. No more 16GB iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, with 32 gigs now the bare minimum offered to buyers of the last traditional headphone jack-including iOS handheld. Despite its storage bump, the 2015-released, non-water-resistant 4.7/5.5-inch duo also gets a nice starting price trim, from $650 and $750 respectively to $550 and $650 outright. ...

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    We've spent the last couple of years, to a certain degree complaining, about an Apple that has lost its mojo. The Cupertino we knew got lost for a bit with iterative iPhone updates, and a few gimmicks here in there in the last few iPhone and Apple Watch releases. The effects of this were clearly seen in the company seeing the first decline in iPhone sales in history over the last two quarters. Apple clearly got the memo though, as today's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus announcement have shown us that the bold Apple of years past should not be written off as the innovator of the past. We even ...

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    The moment we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived. Drumroll, please. The freshly unveiled Apple iPhone 7 will start at $649 outright stateside with 32 (not 16, thankfully) storage, while the plus-sized model shall set you back an unsurprisingly much steeper $769 in its entry-level configuration. Other options include 128 and 256 gigs of internal digital hoarding room (buh-bye, 64), pre-orders officially kicking off this Friday, September 9. Actual sales and deliveries are underway exactly one week later, on the 16th, in 28 countries around the world, with 30 more following the ...

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    It's not exactly the all-glass iPhone we've tagged 2017 for — this year's iPhone 7 looks to be a unibody glass sheath with an aluminium chassis underneath. It's designed for IP67 ingress protection (that's dust and water immersion resistance up to 1 meter and 30 minutes). Unique as it may be, that's just the Jet Black variant of this new phone. The other models, in gold, silver and rose gold (no second black flavor, apparently) get standard aluminium bodies with IP67, too. If you can't tell, hardware changes are abound with the iPhone 7. The Home Button is now a solid-state, ...

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