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    While it’s getting clearer and clearer 2017 will be the year of the next big iPhone upgrade, with OLED screen adoption and a build revision likely in the cards for the 7s or 8 model, we can’t help but expect this fall’s 7 generation to also shine somehow. No, a 15 percent battery capacity increase won’t do. And many are still conflicted about the headphone jack exclusion, antenna band redesign, not to mention the new rear camera protrusion on at least the 4.7-inch model. The 5.5-incher arguably has a few intriguing tricks up its sleeve, in a dual lens cam and Smart Connector, ...

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    The latest Kantar Worldpanel ComTech numbers are in, and as always, both Google and Apple can see bright spots and negatives in the box-office feats of smartphones running the two most popular operating systems. But there are arguably more positives to notice in the March-to-May sales results of Android handsets, which not only dominated the charts from EU5 markets to the US and China, also reporting yearly growth essentially everywhere. Check that, it’s literally everywhere, the gains compared to the same three-month period of 2015 ranging from a measly 2.4 percent on Chinese shores ...

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    We sincerely can’t remember the last time a mobile game launch caused as much excitement (and controversy) as Pokémon Go’s limited debut on Android and iOS devices last week. Maybe Flappy Bird came relatively close out of nowhere a couple of years back, though it rapidly lost steam and ultimately slipped into anonymity, which probably won’t happen very soon for Nintendo and Niantic’s highly anticipated collaboration. While game servers in Australia, New Zealand and the US are likely still under a lot of stress, the show must go on, and at-risk trainers in countries forced to take ...

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    While yesterday felt like an early Black Friday of sorts, between Amazon and Microsoft’s 24-hour-limited deals and the introduction of sweet HTC and T-Mobile promos set to last a little longer, today is tech customer satisfaction-measuring day. After surprisingly hearing precocious digital wallet adopters are more content with Samsung Pay than market veteran Apple Pay, separate May-June surveys conducted by J.D. Power found Cupertino in the lead in the smartwatch landscape, and its Korea-based rival the recipient of the fitness band gold medal. The former was to be expected, given the ...

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    The bullet points are practically etched in stone, even a few small details, but not all of them, so it’s time for a new round of iPhone 7 and 7 Plus speculation, based on leaked pics that may or may not be the real deal. We’re mostly inclined to believe they’re not, with a couple of them smelling decidedly fishy, as they hint at an oddly positioned rear-facing camera on the 4.7-inch model, plus for some reason, no mute switch on the 5.5-incher. Then again, we have to stress that even if legit, the images depict non-functional replicas of the upcoming iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, used by ...

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    Catching them all isn’t going to be easy, requiring way more physical activity than most other games on your mobile device, desktop and even VR headset, but we probably don’t have to stress how a lot of Pokémon Go’s appeal lies in the journey as opposed to the destination, plus the whole real-life sense of community. Unfortunately, with great success comes great responsibility, and Nintendo and Niantic will soon need to address inherent security concerns for players of the hottest current Android and iOS title. These are pretty diverse and some outright bizarre, ranging from APKs ...

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    Those of you who’ve been around the block, perhaps doing the new iPhone rumor dance every year as an unusual form of self-torture, probably know Apple likes to keep a few cards close to the chest for as long as possible. Then again, there’s rarely smoke without fire, and boy, have tipsters and leakers fumed of late, telling the tale of a pair of familiar overall iOS handsets, featuring just one or two aesthetic novelties. For convenience’s sake dubbed iPhone 7 and 7 Plus despite maybe still carrying 6-derived branding, these bad boys have shown their faces, profiles and backsides ...

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    US law enforcement may have inadvertently done the tech industry a favor by fighting Apple so hard on iOS data protection, arousing the consumers’ interest in encryption at previously unprecedented levels. This offered companies like Google and Facebook, in addition to the iPhone makers, great leeway in their efforts to enhance mobile security, and Mark Zuckerberg’s social media giant in particular deserves praise, first for bringing WhatsApp up to Signal standards, and today initiating Messenger’s own “Secret Conversations” rollout. For now, only a tiny fraction of the IM ...

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    It’s not pretty and circular, like the fall 2015-released Time Round, and it can’t monitor your heart rate, which is probably the key selling point of the recently unveiled, crowd-funded, and soon-to-be-commercialized Pebble 2 and Time 2. Nonetheless, last year’s Pebble Time Steel arguably has enough going for it to warrant its $200 MSRP. In fact, the premium-built, “marine grade” stainless steel chassis and bezel-sporting smartwatch has presumably been selling so well lately that a few configurations are currently listed as out of stock on the manufacturer’s US website. ...

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    Considering Apple’s worldwide success, as well as the early enthusiasm shown for digital wallet services, you’d have probably expected more than just seven countries to feature on the Apple Pay support list nearly two years after its US debut. Unfortunately, many banks and retailers still need convincing mobile payment solutions are beneficial for all, with Switzerland today finally joining the United States, UK, Canada, Australia, China and Singapore in throwing its weight behind the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch-compatible money app. Not even its full weight for now, as the only Visa ...

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    The second iOS 10 beta for developers is out and people have been digging up little changes from feature recalls, new icons and plenty of options. 3D Touch options have been revised in the Control Center. Your organ donation preference is available to toggle in the Health app. Oh, and we have a new home button action: you can now rest your finger to unlock your device. It's a convenience measure that takes away the enforced extra tap of the home button to get away from the lock screen in the first developer beta. It also feels like a better obviation of the whole "slide to unlock" ...

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    Yesterday we took a look at how to improve battery life on Android phones, but fret not iPhone users! We haven't forgotten about you folks using iOS, and we've got a handful of tips for improving run time on your phones too. In fact we have one EXTRA tip that those Android folks didn't get... We use mobile devices pretty aggressively these days. Think back to where we were five years ago, and we have to acknowledge that we have seen steady and consistent growth in battery technology and capacity. It’s pretty normal these days to have a shockingly thin handset which also backs a ...

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    With iPhone popularity reaching an inherent peak stateside, as well as in many other Western territories, where there’s simply no more room for growth, Apple continues to struggle finding its footing on the all-important Chinese and Indian shores. Among the trouble encountered by the world’s most profitable corporation in the two largest smartphone markets, the refusal of the latter’s government to permit refurbished handheld commercialization and the SE’s prohibitive pricing nowadays headline the list. It’s also not helping that the 6s has rapidly lost its charm with the recent ...

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    Okay, so the blurry “leaked” picture that was supposed to corroborate rumors of the next-gen iPhone moving from a clicky physical home button to a touch-sensitive capacitive one turned out to be as phony as a three-dollar bill. But that doesn’t mean Apple isn’t cooking up such a tweak, alongside the near-certain retirement of the venerable headphone jack, the revisal of antenna bands, and the increasingly likely adoption of a waterproof chassis. Speaking of, that last part would be made easier and neater by the very speculated alteration of the home key. According to Cowen and ...

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    It shouldn’t be that hard to form a mental image of a new iPhone said to closely resemble the old one, only coated in a darker shade of gray, going lighter on the antenna lines, discarding the traditional headphone jack, and adopting both a Smart Connector and dual rear-facing camera as far as the 5.5-inch model is concerned. But just as we saw the rumored “deep blue” iPhone 7 flavor depicted in a number of very different ways, the “space black” version making the rounds now could end up looking more or less classically ebony. Keep in mind the last dark-skinned Apple handheld, ...

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    In the fierce battle for music streaming supremacy, the world’s most popular ridesharing service isn’t keen on taking sides, instead playing nice with both Spotify and Pandora. After letting riders assume backseat DJ duties via the former app for a couple of years now, Uber finally turns its attention to drivers as well, integrating the latter’s ad-free Internet radio resources directly into the Uber Partner app. All “partners” in the United States, Australia and New Zealand have to do is connect their phones to the car’s Bluetooth or AUX, set the stereo as needed, tap the ...

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    The interwebs lit up yesterday with the rumors of a non-Nexus Google built phone due to an article from The Telegraph. Now let’s start this off by saying this entire rumor should be taken about as serious as fables of rainbow crapping unicorns. There are so many reasons why, aside from Project Ara, we will probably never see an in-house Google built phone but let’s set those aside for a bit. Instead, let’s take a look at what kind of possibilities and advantages a 100% Google bred phone would afford. So put on your tinfoil hats and let’s take a quick jaunt into the land of ...

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    Somewhere during the transition between Android Kit Kat and Lollipop, the Android blogs were awash in the discussion about multiple user accounts for mobile devices. If two (or more) people used the same gadget, they could have their own unique user ID’s and passwords. When logging in, their own customized homescreens and app collections would appear. People seemed really excited about this feature, but now on the cusp of Android N’s consumer facing release, multi-user accounts isn’t something much discussed, especially for phones. This is a metaphor held over from the days of ...

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    A color and a jack. Sadly, these are some of the most “exciting” changes hardcore iFans can look forward to in the upcoming iPhone 7, 7 Plus and possibly 7 Pro. Well, there’s also the Smart Connector on the larger configuration (s), a dual rear-facing camera, subtler antenna lines, plus an obligatory processor revision and UI tweaks. But instead of talking about all that, many tipsters keep on debating the utility of the old 3.5 mm audio port (or lack thereof), as well as the direction Apple could choose to take the space gray paint job in. It seems pretty much guaranteed already the ...

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    Of the over a million people estimated to have shown their support for the LGBT community on the streets of San Francisco yesterday, hundreds, possibly thousands were affiliated with Apple, the world’s highest-profile company commanded by an openly gay man. Of course, Cupertino’s commitment to the Pride parade and festival dates back many years before Tim Cook took over from Steve Jobs, which is why all employees who registered to participate in the event this year received a sweet, unexpected gift. To celebrate no less than 30 years endorsing the San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, ...

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    Rumors surrounding an iPhone with an OLED display continue to grow strong. We've seen how Cupertino and Samsung have been slow dancing lately to the rhythm of a partnership that has stirred strong rumors surrounding this particular endeavor. We also know that Apple is not famous for placing all its eggs in one basket, and this is not the exception. Sources claim that Apple and Sharp will partner in order to bring a second supplier for the company's OLED plans in the future. If you've been following the facts though, you know that Sharp is one of Apple's existing display partners, but the ...

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    By now it's definitely no state secret that the iPhone 7 will be a minor iterative update. From the loss of the headphone jack to some minor improvements in the antenna lines, we've heard that the technology needed for the changes that Apple wants to launch require at least another year. Today we hear of some other changes coming to the iPhone 7, but don't expect to be wowed. Sources claim that the iPhone 7 will bring a slightly larger earpiece, in addition to changes in the location of the ambient light sensor and proximity sensor. Screen protector manufacturers have apparently stopped ...

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    Apple is clearly in the spotlight after the whole iPhone 5c San Bernardino case, and as much as the company fought back and won, the fact that the FBI was able to find purchase a walk around says a lot about the money-driven iOS exploit market. It's clear that it exists, and it does work, so why on earth would Apple make things any easier? Well, here's the thing, iOS 10 beta is confirmed to have launched with an unencrypted kernel, something which is so un like Apple. Not all is lost though as security experts claim that the release does include a security measure that protects Apple's ...

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    I’m in no way shape or form what one would consider to be an office worker, desk jockey, pencil pusher, etc… I’m a railroad mechanic by trade. Aside from ordering the necessary parts to complete my job or to complete the appropriate work orders to receive pay I have very little use for a computer day to day at work. If it can’t be beat with a sledgehammer, cut with an oxygen/acetylene torch, welded, or taken apart with a wrench I have no use for it in my professional life. Probably the most tech friendly thing I use in my job is using my phone to stream music via Google Play all ...

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    We've been covering a ton of rumors regarding the iPhone 7, mainly because it seems there won't be major changes. There's debate over the reasons why Apple would end its regular two-year revamp cycle, but we also know that Cupertino is in desperate need for a shake-up, and the way it usually does this is by taking its time. Today we hear more of what to expect with this year's iPhone 7, and why. The Wall Street Journal claims that the iPhone 7 will indeed lose the headphone jack, and the reasons are mainly to make the device thinner, and also to make it "more" water resistant. Yes, it says ...

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