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    Can you believe Google’s ultimate time-management web and mobile app just turned ten years old? Oh, how time flies when every minute of every day is neatly organized so you never forget or miss out on both the little and big things happening in your life and around you. Nowhere near as popular as other Google services like Maps, Gmail or, well, search, Google Calendar technically only exited the beta stage in 2009, and went multi-platform last year, gaining neat features like Drive integration and persistent reminders in recent months. But perhaps the coolest function to enrich the ...

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    In addition to being the most popular smartphone vendor around the globe by a landslide, and producing the two devices consumers and experts appear to agree are the best of the best, Samsung today adds another important gold medal to its increasingly crowded trophy room. This one’s a little unexpected, which probably makes the win that much sweeter, as we all tend to associate BlackBerry or Apple’s names first and foremost with top-drawer mobile security, impenetrable encryption, and data protection. But surprise, surprise, market research firm Gartner ranked Samsung Knox number one in ...

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    Between a “new” iPhone SE that looks exactly like the 2013-released 5s, and an iPhone 7 said to resemble both the 6 and 6s a little too much, you could easily conclude Apple’s having an identity and idea crisis of sorts when it comes to product designs. Even iPads and MacBooks have started to repeat themselves in recent years, while the Apple Watch is by no means original or classically handsome, with all signs pointing to the sequel not looking considerably better. This arguable laziness could be linked to the untimely death of Steve Jobs, his successor’s lack of inspiration in ...

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    Weird but convenient. A little on the costly side but extremely versatile and a great productivity enhancer for both phones and tablets. Apparently, the strengths of the first-gen LG Rolly outweighed its flaws, commanding an early sequel. Enter the aptly titled LG Rolly Keyboard 2, which aims to further improve the functionality of the original model while retaining the $110 price tag. Sub-$100 would have been an awesome deal, we know, but by the time it launches stateside, maybe it’ll get discounted. Currently, it’s only confirmed as headed to South Korea at 129,000 won ($110), and ...

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    Apple might never get to find out exactly how law enforcement managed to elude its “impenetrable” iOS encryption on an iPhone 5c owned by a San Bernardino shooter at the time of the heinous 2015 attack, but another important piece of the unlocking puzzle may have just been uncovered. Forget everything you thought you knew about the nature and authors of the cyber-intrusion, as “people familiar with the matter” tell The Washington Post it was actually “professional hackers who discovered and brought to the bureau at least one previously unknown software flaw.” No Israeli ...

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    A good software company is inventing new roles for itself all the time, looking to connect with users wherever it can and deliver the software solutions they need. Recently we've seen Microsoft really stepping up its efforts with keyboard apps, delivering its shortcut-laden Hub Keyboard for both Android and iOS platforms. But the Hub Keyboard hasn't been the only Microsoft software keyboard we've been hearing about this year, and back in January we got an early look at what Microsoft was working on in terms of bringing Windows Phone's Word Flow keyboard to iOS – including a convenient ...

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    Two months back, iOS users were talking about a silly bug that was causing some big problems for users foolish enough to test it on their own hardware: by manually dialing back the iOS system date to 1970, users could effectively brick their devices. It was annoying, sure, but at least it wouldn't happen by accident; it took a concerted effort to intentionally get the date that far back. And when Apple ultimately delivered a fix in the form of a new iOS release, that was the end of that, right? Well, not quite, and security researchers are now revealing how the 1970 glitch could have been ...

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    Big changes are coming to the way we listen to music on our smartphones, and the analog headphones we've been using for years are feeling the pressure from new, digital alternatives. Most of the conversation we're hearing these days is centered around Apple and rumors that it will ditch the analog headphone jack in favor of a Lightning-only solution for the iPhone 7, but headphone-makers have also been turning their attention to other platforms as well, especially as the versatile, convenient USB type-C connector comes to more and more handsets. Today we're learning about one of the newest ...

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    No one likes have to remember a ton of logins and passwords, but the need to authenticate ourselves is a necessary evil in order to distinguish ourselves from the billions of other users connecting to the same apps and services we are. But could there be a better, or at least an easier alternative to having users remember all those account details? Facebook thinks so, and it's turning two-factor authentication on its head for its new Account Kit login system. With standard two-factor authentication, you may log into an online service with your username and password, before being prompted ...

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    A hilarious iPhone 6s commercial starring the adorkable Cookie Monster might feel like a very tough act to follow for Apple’s marketing department, but Cupertino sure knows how to pander to cinema, TV and sports-loving audiences. The tech giant’s latest publicity stunt celebrates one of the greatest basketball players of all time, now just one NBA game away from retirement after winning five championships and four All-Star Game MVP titles. Ever wondered who could play Kobe Bryant in a Hollywood biopic? This new Apple TV ad has the answer, and it’s perfect for so many reasons. Only ...

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    When looking to buy a car, most people like to test drive a few to see which one fits their needs better. Similarly, you want to check out a house or two… dozen before making a bid. And many smartphone users will at least look up online reviews of models they’re interested in. But there are also folks so obsessed with being “early adopters”, they’ll pre-order a product as soon as it’s announced, knowing only what manufacturers want them to know. Worse yet, certain brands generate so much enthusiasm and devotion these days that their believers don’t even care about upgrades ...

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    The conflicts that exist between tech companies and government forces over encryption and access to user data aren't going away anytime soon, and even as we sort through the aftermath of the FBI and DOJ's run-in with Apple over the San Bernardino iPhone, more and more news of similar showdowns in courtrooms across the nation are coming to light. Today we're learning of another recent case that may have not grabbed the same national attention as the San Bernardino one, but represents another occasion when Apple was ordered to extract user data from an iPhone, an another occasion on which ...

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    How do you judge the success of a social network? The size of its user base? Sure. The amount of time users spend engaged with the service? Absolutely. But there's another figure that helps drive that user engagement, and it's an area where Facebook is reportedly seeing problems, with reports surfacing earlier this week that user-posted personal updates are on the decline. While reversing that trend threatens to be a complicated issue, Facebook may already be onto one way it can hope to get users posting more again, as the company tries out new ways to make it easier than ever to post. ...

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    Apple's recent hardware event may have brought us a new iPhone, and a new tablet, but it came up a little bit lacking for wearable fans: we got new Apple Watch bands, sure, and a new low price for the entry-level model, but isn't it about time to see the launch of a second-gen Apple Watch? After all, it's been a year and a half since Apple first announced the smartwatch, and nearly a year since retain availability commenced – in the mobile market, that's an eternity. But so far while we've heard a few rumors of possible changes due for a next-gen Apple Watch, we've lacked a lot of ...

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    Fancy one of those extravagant Apple Watch Hermès models launched last October, but perhaps want to save the stylish straps for special occasions, and use something a little lower-key the rest of the time? Find the luxury non-Edition configurations too rich for your blood, at $1,100 and up? Then we have great news, as starting April 19, you’ll be able to put together your own personal Apple Watch Hermès at a much lower price. Granted, combining an entry-level Apple Watch Sport with one of the French designer’s fashionable standalone bands isn’t recommended if you care about the ...

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    For all the struggles Microsoft's own mobile platforms have gone through, and the difficulty the company's faced in acquiring a greater share of the smartphone market, Microsoft's kept a pretty good attitude when it comes to app development. Rather than focus its energies on Windows 10 Mobile exclusives in an effort to draw users to its side, the company's instead quite willing to code apps for its competition, and we find Android and iOS alike practically inundated with Microsoft apps. Today we've got news of a couple developments from that scene, as Microsoft brings its Hub Keyboard to ...

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    Update: Welcome to the weekend! The full podcast is streamable just below the YouTube video. We'll have the podcast on the iTunes and RSS feeds starting from 3pm on April 8. Enjoy! We finally have the full scoop on those dual Leica cameras found on the Huawei P9! We'll try to figure out if LG's build quality criticisms will sink the G5, and is the end near for the Blackberry brand? We've been hard at work covering news stories and producing the next generation of phone reviews. We recently started a new series of videos delving deeper into camera performance and comparing mid range phones, ...

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    There's a lot to like about Apple's latest iPhone, as the iPhone SE gives users a compact handset that pairs modern processing power with an accessible price tag. But the phone's debut hasn't been entirely without controversy, and there's a contingent of Apple fans out there who are something less than in love with the smartphone's look. Sure, going with an iPhone SE that mirrors the design of the iPhone 5s so strongly can be convenient if you've got old 5s accessories lying around, but shouldn't Apple's newest iPhone model look like the rest of the phones it's released over the past ...

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    Even back when the Republican presidential candidate field was a little more crowded than it is today, and just as divergent on major social, economic and policy issues, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, John Kasich, Marco Rubio and Ben Carson could all agree Apple made a huge mistake by opposing the FBI. In the Democratic camp however, the iPhone 5c decryption controversy saw both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders reluctant to take sides, as the two candidates seemed to understand this was far from a black and white situation. In the meantime, of course, the Department of Justice managed to build ...

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    Probably for the first time in over a decade, the world’s most profitable corporation is faced with actual challenges regarding its main sales catalyst. Although Apple exhibited unusual flexibility lately, following trends instead of trying to set them, with larger iPhones, larger iPads and even a cheaper iPhone, the growth potential is simply no longer there. But everything’s not as bleak on the horizon as some analysts seem to suggest, since we don’t know yet exactly what the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch 2 might bring to the table. 2016 is also a year of celebration for Cupertino, the ...

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    The iPhone SE has been a tricky phone to classify. After unboxing it, and reviewing it, many comments were shared debating what the SE really was. Is it an "entry level" device? Is it a "mini-flagship"? How should we draw the lines on the smartphone market map? We're sticking with "mid-range" for the iPhone SE, but that's not to say there isn't a lot of overlap between these various tiers. To see where the iPhone might belong, we're comparing it against two Android devices. These two phones are specifically built to be less expensive than the manufacturer's current flagship devices. The ...

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    In case you can't tell, we're in sort of an Apple wrap-up mode right now, bringing you tidbits on stories from multiple sources that all add up to something that's hopefully a little more interesting than their constituent parts. We just told you the latest on what's going on with the FBI's interest in iPhone hacking, and now we're turning our attention to Apple's own efforts to fix some iOS bugs, as the company corrects some buggy Siri behavior and releases its very latest iOS beat for developers. Siri's voice control can be a great way to easily access disparate parts of Apple's ...

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    Late last month, the saga of the FBI and its locked iPhone 5c reached what seemed like an uneventful end, as the government backed down from its demands that Apple help break its own product in an effort to discover what, if any useful information might be stored on a handset once owned by terrorists. After Apple's big legal showdown fizzled out, where are we left? In the time since the feds told Apple they wouldn't be needing its help after all, we've continued to follow this story and its possible repercussions. This week we get a couple new updates, including word about our chances of ...

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    Smartphones give their users tons of control over what they can do with them, letting them outfit their handsets with the apps of their choice. At least, that's true for software we install ourselves, but what about the native apps that arrive with our phones? Those can include some incredibly useful titles, but all too often there are more than a few we could do without. If we could simply remove the unwanted apps, that would be one thing, but restrictions have a nasty habit of preventing us from doing so. That's the case with iOS and its system apps right now, but last summer Tim Cook ...

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    Even though the global smartphone market has arguably reached a saturation point after many years of constant, spectacular growth, and tablets are slowly heading towards oblivion, Apple remains too stubborn to enforce discounts on iDevices that no longer sell like hotcakes. Thankfully, third-party retailers seem to have promptly realized the just-released 9.7-inch iPad Pro threatens the mainstream popularity of its 12.9-inch sibling, putting the jumbo-sized model on sale already. Amazon currently asks $715 and up instead of $800 for a 32GB configuration, as little as $840 for a 128 gig ...

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