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    It’s time for tech misogyny to come to an end at last, as one by one, the key players of the fledgling wearable industry realize they can also sell wrist-worn gadgets to our better halves, daughters, mothers, and sisters. Ladies, take your pick between the rose gold second-gen Moto 360, Huawei Watch Elegant and Jewel, Samsung Gear S2 Classic “New Edition”, and just-unveiled Isaac Mizrahi smartwatch in silver or gold engineered by HP. Of course, women don’t necessarily need intelligent timepieces designed just for them, as some may prefer a unisex, standard, non-flashy product. But ...

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    Rumors are swirling about the compact iPhone 5se and super-sharp iPad Air 3 Apple might be unveiling as early as March, plus the iPhone 7 no doubt scheduled for a fall release, but it’s actually next year that we’ll likely see true innovation brought to iDevices. No, we don’t mean just AMOLED display technology, though that would be a pretty big deal too, but rather a “cutting-edge” new feature allowing iPhones and iPads “to be powered from further away than the charging mats used with current smartphones”, as Bloomberg eloquently puts it. To an outsider’s eye, it probably ...

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    Mobile payment systems like Apple Pay can be great when you're traveling light, wanting to keep your pockets card-free while still being able to make purchases. And while there are a growing number of places that let you make mobile payments with such systems, what do you do when there's no NFC support available – or worse, when a business is cash-only? Some evolving bank partnerships may hold the solution, as Apple reportedly works with Bank Of America and Wells Fargo to bring Apple Pay support to their ATMs. Wells Fargo has already been working to bring Android Pay support to its ATMs, ...

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    If there's one word that's thrown around a bit too liberally in the mobile tech field, it's “smart.” Sure, plenty of devices offer great connectivity options, run all manner of software, and are capable of some pretty impressive feats, but does that imbue them with some kind of indescribable quality of intelligence? We're probably just as guilty of overusing “smart” as anyone else, but today we find ourselves looking at one feature sporting that “smart” label that might just make good on its boast, as the Smart Connector in the Apple iPad Pro is spotted delivering firmware ...

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    We don't ask a lot from the power adapters that feed out favorite mobile devices: they should be compact, easy to store, offer ample cable length, and if they can do all that without electrocuting us or bursting into flames, so much the better. Unfortunately, those latter concerns seem to have become a bit of big ask for a distressingly growing number of firms, like we saw last week when Microsoft found itself issuing a recall for faulty power adapters shipped with a number of Surface Pro models. Now it's Apple's turn to face the music as the company shares word of its own recall, ...

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    We’re a month into the New Year, which is always a good time to take a look at the state of the mobile industry. Over the last couple years, we’ve watched Google and Apple march to the middle in addressing issues with the Android and iOS platforms respectively. We’re not looking at a one off feature, on an obscure Samsung, that my cousin Tim thinks is a killer app. Instead here are five things we think Android as a whole still does better than iOS, and four areas where Google falls behind the competition. Let's start with the good... 1: Customization Any complaints about Android ...

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    The first ever gargantuan iPad Pro was probably the main reason Apple prolonged its traditional 12-month 9.7-inch upgrade cycle for the first time in history, but if you feared the iPad Air had become history, there’s reportedly no reason to worry any longer. Several fairly trustworthy sources have been telling us to expect the Apple iPad Air 3 sometime in H1 2016 for a while now, with the ETA just narrowed down to March. That’s likely when the iOS tablet is supposed to go official, commercial availability starting in Q2, according to Digitimes and its intermittently credible “supply ...

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    The smartphone industry's next big time to shine may be Mobile World Congress in just another month, but for fans of Apple hardware, the date to look forward to is a couple weeks further out still: since early December, we've been hearing about Apple's plans to introduce its latest mobile gear at an event sometime in March. We still don't have a precise date, but the latest rumors have zeroed-in on a timeframe right in the middle of the month, possibly the week of March 14. But assuming this event does happen, what could we hope to see on the agenda? By the sound of the latest rumors: ...

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    There's a big temptation in mobile tech for manufacturers to be among the first to identify the next hot technology and give it to their users before the competition's got time to catch up. Recently we've seen features like fingerprint scanners placed front and center, a great example of tech that's been around for a while, but has only recently matured to the point where it works as well as it needs to – and shoppers are asking for it. Phones that employ multiple camera sensors have similarly been around for a while, but often to little fanfare (who went shopping for the One M8 ...

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    This is not a drill, prank or isolated incident. Browsing the web on iOS devices and Mac computers using the default Safari app can result in nagging crashes over and over again. Reopening the browser doesn’t resolve the mysterious underlying glitch, which apparently has something to do with search suggestions. No, simply changing the search engine can’t fix the epidemic bug either, but the good news is you can contain the malfunction by turning off Safari suggestions. That’s obviously merely a temporary workaround, the only other thing that kind of works is not clearing your cached ...

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    It’s no longer a secret the worldwide mobile hardware industry has reached a point of saturation and stagnation, with its two most popular companies in particular feeling the heat from consumers lacking incentives to upgrade on a regular basis. Samsung lost smartphone market share for the first time in years, as the Galaxy S6 family only managed to pull in 40 million unit shipments in 2015, and the Note 5 barely crossed the 10M mark, both numbers falling short of optimistic expectations. Meanwhile, Apple took the lion’s share of the year’s profits once again, but the striking visual ...

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    Apple's latest financial figures are in, and to the surprise of no one, the company's once again bringing in a boatload of money. And while no one's been expecting Apple to suddenly stop being profitable, over the last few months we've heard all sorts of warnings that the party may be cooling off a bit for unchecked growth, and Apple could soon be looking at a situation where some of its key sales started approaching previously invisible ceilings. Based on the data Apple's making available, that appears to very much be the case, and growth in multiple sectors has slowed down, if not ...

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    It’s hard to say what the ideal release cycle might be for smartwatches these early days in their evolution, but apparently, Apple aims to follow its traditional 12-month upgrade window after all. According to notoriously fickle “sources from the upstream supply chain” quoted by Digitimes, the “second-generation” Apple Watch should only enter mass production in the year’s second quarter, thus having no chance to see daylight as soon as March. Unless, of course, we’re talking a March announcement and subsequent commercial launch in April or May. Note that the Taiwanese ...

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    It's been more than three years in the making and only now is it getting out to the public. Microsoft has been researching how to craft an entire on-screen smartphone keyboard fit for one-thumb use. The company sent out invitations for beta testers to try out the Word Flow keyboard on iOS just last week. We now have snaps of what's going on with that refined setup. Windows 10 Mobile and select Android OEM skins feature keyboards with compacted keys biased to one side of the screen, but this takes things to a natural level of thumb arcing. Word suggestions follow that arc, too. Android ...

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    Apple hasn't jumped platforms very well. But everyone else has — which only serves to reinforce the idea that the iPhone is the phone to have forever and ever everywhere. Microsoft and Google have come to play, now there's word that Apple's largest competitor in the mobile space will bring its software over to the App Store. Samsung may be planning on bringing its S Health, Gear Fit Manager and Gear Manager apps to iOS. This would open up the company's Gear wearables to iPhone compatibility. It also plans on bringing Remote Control and the Family Square apps for use with the the ...

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    As Spotify struggles with competition and licensing agreements with the music industry, it has decided to not only go into podcast distribution, but video as well. The company is introducing video content to its Android app in the US, UK, Germany and Sweden starting this week. The iOS app will get the update late next week. Spotify is licensing short-viewing content from content creators including the BBC, ABC, Turner Broadcasting, Comedy Central, Vice, ESPN and Maker Studios — the producers of Epic Rap Battles. Tastemade and other companies are planning on producing original, ...

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    Two weeks back, Apple gave developers their first look at the upcoming 9.3 release of iOS, and maybe most notable among the new features it delivered was a mode for adjusting screen color temperature in the hopes of offering more comfortable late-night usage: Night Shift. Apple's been continuing to refine things behind the scenes since that early release, and today we see the company see its second iOS 9.3 beta to devs, further refining the Night Shift experience while making a few other tweaks around the operating system. With iOS 9.3 beta 2, users will notice a new Night Shift interface ...

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    Last year came and went without bringing us a new standard-sized iPad option. Sure we got the new iPad Pro, as well as a refreshed iPad mini 4, but nothing new in the 9.7-inch space. But while the presumed iPad Air 3's remained elusive, we have managed to hear a little about what we might expect from the tablet when it finally does launch, including maybe a big resolution bump, or a ton of extra RAM – even if we don't get 3D Touch. With multiple sources pointing to an H1 2016 launch, this new iPad Air could be right around the corner – so when are we going to get some more definitive ...

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    It finally feels like the home stretch is nearly upon us, and all the rumors we've been hearing about Apple's interest in releasing a new iPhone that looks back to the smaller sizes of older handsets may finally be coming to fruition. Lately, they've settled in on the name iPhone 5se, while describing hardware that might look like the iPhone 5, while performing like the iPhone 6, getting that model's A8/M8 chip pair. But while that older silicon could be sufficient for some users, apparently Apple's not so sure it wants to bank on a new phone with yesterday's chips, and now a new iPhone ...

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    There’s been a steady stream of rumors coming in with regard to Apple’s alleged first 4-inch iPhone in close to three years, but it’s all turned to a furious avalanche now, as the name changes… again, and multiple sources claim to have seen the 5se, 5e, 6c or 7c in the flesh in pre-release prototype form. Add the no doubt educated guesses of famous and infamous financial analyst Ming-Chi Kuo to the equation today, as the unnamed “4-inch iPhone” is practically guaranteed to go official during the first half of the year, but with limited box-office hit potential due to not enough ...

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    It’s no longer a question of “if”, but rather “when” and, well, “what”. Also, “why”, for some people, although many feel there’s definitely still a market for a diminutive iPhone, especially if priced significantly below the 6s and 6s Plus. At only 4 inches in diagonal, you’d think that would absolutely be the case, yet it’s possible the iPhone 5se will borrow a number of features from the 6s duo, thus needing to charge compact handheld lovers an arm and a leg. Then again, anything’s possible at the moment, including 6c or 7c names, and an A8 chip and 8MP ...

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    It used to be that iPhone naming was so simple: once we got past that whole G/GS business, we had number, number+s, number, number+s. Easy, right? And sure, that iPhone 5c oddball ended up breaking the pattern a little, but it was the exception that proved the rule. But now with this new four-inch iPhone that everyone's expecting … all bets are off. Dubbing it the iPhone 6c seemed like a safe enough bet, but over the months we've been inundated by rumors of names like the iPhone 7c, or iPhone 5e, and the closer we get to when we're hoping to see Apple actually launch the handset, the ...

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    We rely on our phones for so much that it's little surprise that when we realize our handset's gone missing, it feels like the world has fallen apart around us. That's why phone-tracking services like Find My iPhone or the Android Device Manager have proven so invaluable, not just helping us locate our phones in times of crisis, but giving us some nice peace of mind the rest of the time. Unfortunately, something's gone horribly wrong for one Atlanta couple, as both iOS and Android users have been incorrectly pointed to their house in search of missing phones. More than a dozen times in the ...

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    It took Microsoft a vexingly long time (several years, to be exact), but at long last, Skype’s most serious security vulnerability has been patched with a simple update. No more following a few quick steps on nefarious websites to uncover the IP address of any given user, as the immensely popular video chat service hides such information by default now. The desktop and mobile amendment available on all platforms tackles concerns voiced primarily by gamers over time, but individuals attentive to data privacy should come together and relish the change, no matter their online preferences ...

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    The road from an abstract concept or idea to a mass-produced commercial device can often be quite long and convoluted in the tech décor, especially when talking about Apple, which very rarely takes risks on “experimental” gadgets or features. Cupertino delayed the inevitable IPS LCD to AMOLED iPhone transition for as long as humanly possible, so naturally, it seems highly unlikely the tardy move will occur simultaneously with folding screen technology adoption. But a patent filing with the USPTO from yesterday, January 21, does at least prove Apple is testing the “electronic device ...

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