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    We've kept a close eye on Apple's future Apple TV, and even the remote control that should come with it. There shouldn't be anything hot about a remote control, but this one in particular is rumored to bring a few enhancements like bluetooth, a touch pad, and other features that make it useful for any other Apple product. Today we see a patent on the topic, and it seems there's more to come. It seems that Apple is considering the inclusion of a Touch ID sensor on a future Apple TV remote control according to the patent. Now keep in mind this is Apple, and this wouldn't be the first patent ...

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    Apple has been famous for its Back to School deals ever since we can remember. Back in the day students would get an iPod Touch when they purchased a Mac, and it eventually expanded to gift cards if students bought an iPhone or iPad. There was a lot of mystery surrounding why it took Apple so long to announce its deals, and today we learn why. Apple has silently launched its Back to School deals today, and by silently we mean buried inside the company's rebates page. This is odd behavior from a company that usually gives these deals the front page. It could be because now you won't get any ...

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    Pebble's latest smartwatch has been charming us for weeks now, as the color-screened Pebble Time took an already successful smartwatch and only managed to improve upon it. We've been busy checking out recent developments like the start of retail sales, as well as talking about some of our favorite customization options, and now we get word of Pebble's latest effort to fine-tune the Time user experience, upon the release of a new Pebble Time firmware and updated Android app. The new Pebble Time 3.2 firmware delivers a number of worthwhile changes and new options for the watch's settings, ...

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    Strategy Analytics has revealed some figures, cited by DigiTimes, concerning smartphone AP revenues. An AP (application processor) is basically the SoC (system-on-a-chip), also known informally as "the processor" which supports applications running in a mobile operating system environment. 20 percent increase over the previous year is what Strategy Analytics' findigs revealed for smartphone AP revenues in the first quarter of 2015. These revenues represent US$5.3 billion, and the top five spots (related to revenue) are where you find Qualcomm, Apple, MediaTek, Samsung LSI and Spreadtrum ...

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    You may remember Ivo Marić, the CAD artist behind what we though was the best set of Galaxy Note 5 renders on July 18; sure they might be far from what the device might end up looking, but unofficial concept renders often are (and sometimes are spot on). Now we're looking at another concept render from the same artists as he envisions Apple's 2016 smartphone, the iPhone 7. A 2.5D glass protects a Quad HD display and an Apple A10 chip powers everything; a 16MP camera will be able to capture all your stills and an Apple Dock will offer both connectivity and wireless charging solutions. Of ...

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    Surely email isn't dead, but that doesn't mean that services like Slack aren't trying to kill it. Instant messaging continues to be a more practical way to communicate, but it tends to be impractical in the long run if you want to find old conversations. Microsoft has just launched a new service that intends to fix just that. Microsoft Send is a new app for iOS that's part of the Microsoft Garage list of experimental services. The idea of Send is to allow you to communicate quicker in a sort of instant messaging UI, but then these conversations are stored on Microsoft Outlook. This service ...

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    We're still scratching our heads trying to understand Apple's motive for not sharing specific Apple Watch sales on yesterday's conference call. That said, Tim Cook kind of teased the figure with specific revenue information, and that has led to some interesting speculation. Analysts are already predicting how the smartwatch market has evolved after the Apple Watch, and the changes are significant. Strategy Analytics is already predicting that the launch of the Apple Watch represented a 457.3% growth in the smartwatch market when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm speculates 4 ...

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    How long can you enjoy your new smartphone before you start feeling that itch, the irrepressible sense that there's already something better out there, and your handset is already holding you back? While we all arguably deal with something similar to one extent or another, it's easy to understand how such concerns could be especially pronounced with millennials, a generation raised with tech in their blood. This week, a new study looks at precisely what sort of attitudes such users have as they consider moving to new phones. US carriers have really been pushing their early upgrade programs ...

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    Even though the iPhone and iPad were never famous for being enterprise products, we have seen cases of many companies that have adopted them for this purpose. As such we recently saw IBM and Apple partner with the plan of creating enterprise-specific apps that could take advantage of the popularity of both products. A decent number of apps have resulted of this, but these new ones take a step further. Apple and IBM have just announced 10 applications focused exclusively on enterprise needs, but with the added kick of supporting iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch this time. These tools were ...

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    If you thought the drama between Apple and Samsung was over think again. Surely the legal case is already defined, but it seems that the rest of Silicone Valley is not happy with the verdict against Apple. You could say this is a very late response to a case that finished months ago, but better late than never. Google, HP, Facebook among others have recently filed a "friend of the court" briefing as a protest to the Apple vs Samsung case. Apple accuses Samsung of infringing in patents that range from copying the basic design of the iPhone, to other features like multi-touch gestures and ...

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    The biggest companies in mobile are sharing their latest financial data, and last week we checked in with Google to learn about its most recent growth. Today we've got another two behemoths to crunch numbers with, and first on the agenda is Apple, reporting a record-setting quarter. Maybe the biggest questions on everyone's mind is how the Apple Watch has been doing, and while Apple doesn't provide detailed figures, it sure paints the picture of a successful debut. The problem is that while Apple lays out sales figures for iPhone and iPad product categories, the Watch gets lumped in its ...

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    Apple is not only famous for its products, but also because of its customer service. Visiting an Apple Store is definitely a pleasant experience on its own, but the company's Genius Bar services have been praised for helping users solve issues with Apple products on the spot. AppleCare+ has also been garnered a lot of fame as one of the best extended warranty services out there, but we also know nothing is perfect. An upset customer is trying to give Cupertino a class action lawsuit over the company's replacement plan, because according to the customer, the products she's received aren't ...

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    Apple has been on a roll with its beta updates for iOS 9, OS X El Capitan, and watchOS 2. Everyone was given access to the first public beta of these new operating systems a few weeks ago, but we all know developers get an earlier glimpse at what's to come, or at least most of the time. Today Apple has seeded beta 4 of all three operating systems to developers, and here are the details. First of all iOS 9 beta 4 is mostly about fulfilling Eddy Cue's promise to developers. If you remember, legacy services like Home Sharing were removed from iTunes with the launch of Apple Music, and that ...

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    The "2016 flagship killer" -- not our words -- should be officially unveiled at a special event next week, but we already know a lot (almost everything) about the upcoming OnePlus 2 smartphone, thanks mostly to leaks and reports, as well as official confirmation from the company itself. Depending on who you tend to believe, the OnePlus 2 will either have a 13-, or a 16MP main camera on the back. That camera, its output, to be more specific, has been compared by the company's CEO with some popular devices out there. The images posted constitute a OnePlus 2 vs iPhone 6, and OnePlus 2 vs ...

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    Spotify's CEO has been clear that he's not necessarily stressing out over the launch of Apple Music. The company hasn't reported any significant loss in customers after the launch of Cupertino's service, and Apple Music is still far from perfect. That being said, it's hard to deny that some of Apple's features are quite awesome, and today we see Spotify respond. One of Apple's major selling points for Apple Music is the fact that its playlists are curated by real people. That can be both good and bad, given the fact that people's taste is both subjective and biased. Still, Spotify decided ...

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    The Apple Watch may surprise our expectations in some recent customer satisfaction surveys, but the amount of customers satisfied is also crucial. Apple has been reluctant to share information on how the product has sold over the last few months, and we even hear that Apple might not share exact data on tomorrow's quarter results conference call. It seems that investors are not too happy with this, and analysts are already chiming in the product's defense. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has just provided some insight over all the recent drama surrounding Apple Watch sales. He does ...

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    Even with the evolution that we've seen with wearables over the last few years, it's still anybody's game. Many companies have speculated that the Apple Watch has outsold its competitors by significant margins over the last few years, and still we have no official data from Cupertino on the topic. If you're wondering how satisfied users are with their Apple Watch, we've got some surveys on the topic. Techpinions has just published a recent survey conducted to 800 Apple Watch owners, and the results claim to be better than what the first iPhone and iPad were able to receive. The Apple Watch ...

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    Slowly but surely, Pebble's latest wearables have been becoming available to more and more shoppers. We're still in the Pebble Time phase of deployment – Pebble Time Steel will be on its way soon, though – and have been moving past initial shipments fulfilling crowding commitments to the first steps towards broader retail availability, with Best Buy accepting Pebble Time pre-orders. Today that path to retail sales reaches its inevitable conclusion, as Pebble shares word of the Pebble Time coming to Best Buy and Target stores. In addition to accepting orders online, both retailers will ...

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    If the source of the images you see attached to this post would still be available, we'd say this is just a regular rumor. Whenever a site, page, or content gets pulled (even if it's coincidental), questions get asked, and, most of the times, adds to the credibility of the story. This is the case we're looking at today, pun intended, as we're looking at some leaked images of what is claimed to be the case/shell of the upcoming iPhone 6s Plus. We heard that Apple might retire 16GB versions with the 6s models, so there's that to look forward to, and the pictures you see above and below. ...

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    Whether you're shooting a ton of photos, recording 4K video, listening to FLAC audio files, or installing multi-hundred-megabyte games (to say nothing of system updates), there are a hell of a lot of ways to quickly fill up your phone's internal storage. Micro SD expansion might seem like the logical solution, but what seems like a growing number of phones are taking that option away from users. And while there's the cloud, connectivity, security, and just straight-up convenience issues may dissuade users from that option. That leaves the best option for most of our data needs as our ...

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    Apple reportedly has very ambitious plans for the launch of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Most rumors still point to a September launch, and within them we hear that Apple has ordered a crazy 90 million units in order to meet its expected demand. Obviously the device's internals are key for these orders to be met, and today we get details on how things will work. First of all, we hear that both Samsung and TSMC will be in charge of building the A9 processor that's rumored for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. The source claims that Apple recently made some last minute changes to the ...

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    Earlier this week we got to wondering about the HTC Grip, after seeing some certification paperwork for the wearable surface over at the Bluetooth SIG. When HTC first announced the Grip fitness tracker back at MWC, the company said that it was looking to get sales started during the spring. And since it hasn't shown up at retail since, we we've been wondering what was going on. Those Bluetooth docs had us hopeful that a release might be nearing, and we reached out to HTC for comment. Today we get our answer, and it's not necessarily a great one, as HTC confirms that plans for the Grip have ...

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    Even though ads can be annoying for some, there are some of us that buy a newspaper just for the ads. The key is to find a way to serve ads that users actually care about, as deals on your favorite tech store are always more welcome than deals on buying a pack of diapers. We've seen companies find ways to do a better job at targeting ads to your needs, but a new Apple idea seems to be controversial. A new Apple patent envisions using your bank account information and credit card status in order to serve you ads for products that you can afford. Obviously the main purpose for any sort of ...

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    Apple surprised some of us by including its own SIM cards with the launch of the iPad Air 2. In the past, each data-capable iPad would bring the respective SIM card of the carrier you purchased the tablet with, but this new Apple SIM gave users the convenience to switch carriers easily, avoiding you the need to visit carriers and get that done. Reports claim that this is not just something that ends with Apple's tablet lineup, as today we learn of others interested. Reports claim that both Apple and Samsung are pushing for the e-SIM card concept to become a standard across OEMs and ...

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    Some interesting numbers are in from the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT). DigiTimes is citing said figures to reveal that last month (June), China alone has shipped 33.77 million smartphones (of the total of 38.12 million handsets); despite the large number, it is down 8.7 percent (10.2 percent for total handsets) compared to the same period of last year. However, out of those 33.77 million smartphones shipped, 30.92 million were Android smartphones. To put things into perspective, China shipped 237 million handsets in the first half of the year, ...

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