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    Apple's launch of iOS 8.1 yesterday marks the completion of Apple's promise for what iOS 8 should've always been since we saw it announced at WWDC 2014. Apple spent a great deal of time announcing products like iCloud Drive, Apple Pay and Continuity, but none of these services worked as they should until this new "dot" update. It also includes a ton of the bug fixes that customers asked for after the launch of iOS 8. Make sure you walk our first impressions video of how iOS 8.1 enhances your experience with an Apple mobile device. Services like Continuity intend to give Apple customers an ...

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    Paying with your smartphone using NFC is nothing terribly new. Our own Michael Fisher showed us how to use Google Wallet on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus – something that wasn’t officially supported at the time – back in April 2012. It was as simple as tapping the phone to a compatible card reader, entering your Google Wallet PIN on the phone, tapping once more to confirm, and grabbing your receipt on the way out. Apple had shown some interest in mobile payments before WWDC earlier this year. Two years ago, alongside iOS 6, it introduced Passbook, a catch-all for all your loyalty and ...

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    Apple very much does not like to get into a spec-measuring contest when it comes to its mobile technology. While Android OEMs may be quick to talk clock speed, SoC cores, GPUs, and RAM, Apple tends to be far less forthcoming with technical details; you may have noticed that our recent spec breakdown for the iPad Air 2 was forced to leave several key component fields blank, or make some educated guesses, as Apple had not formally disclosed such information. But even before the tablet hits wide release, we're already seeing some early benchmarks surface for its hardware, and as they arrive ...

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    It was late spring when we first started hearing rumors that Google was looking to snatch-up streaming music service Songza, known for its custom-tailored playlists designed to fit nearly every social situation on personal mood under the sun: uplifting tunes to start your day, peaceful melodies to lull you to sleep, and everything in between. A month later, that acquisition was confirmed, and today Google finally announces the fruits of that effort, with Songza integration coming to Play Music. Subscribers will be able to choose from these Songza-sourced curated playlists by specifying a ...

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    We've talked about iOS 8 and all the new and useful features plenty of times now, but we haven't had the chance to focus on those individual features and, more importantly, the third-party support for said features. One of our favorites, which actually surprised us, was the introduction of widgets in the Today section of Notification Center. These widgets display different types of at-a-glance information, provide shortcuts to different features or settings, and even help your remember things. There are dozens (maybe even hundreds or thousands) of applications which have been updated with ...

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    Those that predicted the fall of Apple after the passing of Steve Jobs might have spent the last couple of quarters frustrated. The company has shown positive growth over the last couple of years, even at times when we all criticized its reluctance to adopt new market trends. Apple has just published its Q4 2014 results, and with numbers that shock Cupertino's own expectations. Apple has just announced that it made a staggering $42.1 billion in revenue, which is up from $37.5 billion in the same quarter last year, and with a net quarterly profit of $8.5 billion, which is also up from $7.5 ...

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    If we take the launch of the original Pebble into account, this would be second year of the modern smartwatch. You'd assume that, just like in the case of smartphones and mobile tablets, everyone would own a smartwatch by now, right? Well, the reality is actually quite the opposite, where fitness trackers enjoy a significantly larger portion of the market at the moment. Still, that only means that there is a lot of opportunity left in the smartphone space, and one of the biggest names in the fitness tracking industry is planning to address it. New reports claim that Fitbit is preparing the ...

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    Apple's event last Thursday was mainly about iPads and Macs, but the company did take some time to give us information on its new software updates. One of the major changes Apple is pushing to its mobile devices is iOS 8.1, which includes some very needed bug fixes, and even some new enhancements. Cupertino promised the update would reach iOS devices today, and the wait is finally over. Apple has just launched its OTA update to iOS 8.1, and as long as you're rocking any iPad after the iPad 2, or any iPhone after the iPhone 4s, you should be getting the update right this minute. The list of ...

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    It's been a busy week of high-profile device launches form a couple of the companies behind the biggest platforms in mobile, with both Apple and Google showing off their latest hardware. Besides getting to know these new models themselves, we were also informed about how initial sales for the lot of them would begin. We may still be a couple weeks away from the start of Nexus 6 pre-orders, but the rest of this crew is already lining up to take your money, as pre-orders get underway for the Nexus 9, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 3. Google's set to open Nexus 9 Play Store pre-orders at some ...

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    Today was Apple’s day to breathe new life into a slowly stagnating lineup of iPads that … do exactly what the original iPad did, only faster. Going into today’s announcements, we were told we might see something new, something potentially game-changing. Rumors suggested there could be an iPad Pro (or Plus) with a 12.9-inch display. Theories about what the larger iPad would entail have varied from “not much else” to a full-on Mac OS tablet or a device that could switch between iOS and Mac OS on the fly. Either way, that didn’t happen today. Instead, today’s iPad announcement ...

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    It's easy to look at today's iPad mini 3 announcement and come away wanting a little more: a newer SoC, perhaps, or something beyond Touch ID to make it stand out a little better from last year's iPad mini with Retina display. For now, though, it still represents the pinnacle of Apple's shrunken-down tablet lineup, and likely will for the year to come - so we'd better start getting familiar with. If you're already intimately acquainted with last year's iPad mini specs, this is going to sound a little like a broken record, but for those of you new to the party, read on to get a taste for ...

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    Of Apple's two new tablets debuting at today's launch event, the iPad Air 2 is easily the more capable of the pair. With a new SoC at its core, the Air 2 represents the next generation of Apple's iOS hardware. But there's so much more than just a speedy processor and GPU that make this tablet the attractive slate it is - especially that extremely thin 6.1mm-thick build. Let's take a look at the full picture of components that make up Apple's latest tablet flagship: iPad Air 2 specs [table] Component,Description Screen size,9.7 inches Screen type,LCD with fully laminated construction and ...

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    Earlier this week we took a look at one of the latest virtual reality accessories to launch for smartphones, the VR One from Carl Zeiss. It looked a bit like the Samsung Gear VR, what with its strap for head-mounted operation, but sounded more like another Google Cardboard, dialing back on the custom software and hardware – though that also meant a much lower price point than the Gear VR, coming in around $100. It looks like that's just the start of a flood of similar devices from competing manufacturers, and today we check out an even more affordable option, as Archos announces its VR ...

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    When Apple announced iOS 8 at WWDC earlier this year, I actually got very excited for an iOS update for the first time … possibly ever. I use iOS daily and, despite popular belief, I don’t hate it. However, for the last few years, iOS has been a bore, and it’s been a little behind the curve, particularly in the ability to share information between apps, or interoperability. This stemmed from a combination of Apple’s walled garden, as many like to call it, and sandboxed applications. Apple only officially allowed cross-application sharing between a few, select applications, like its ...

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    We were expecting two tablets at Apple event this afternoon, and following the company spending some time showing off the new iPad Air 2, it's time for the day's second tablets, as Apple turns the spotlight on its latest pint-sized tablet, the iPad mini 3. Like the Air 2, the new mini is available in three colors this year, adding gold to its options. Screen size remains at 7.9 inches (along with the 2048 x 1536 resolution) and the 5MP camera is back. Physical dimensions are unchanged from the iPad mini 2, and the iPad mini 3 runs the same A7 SoC as the previous generation - no A8X here. ...

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