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    A few years ago, many of us found the idea of online shopping to be cumbersome on a phone, and it wasn't until store applications emerged that this idea became a mainstream. You'd think that doing so on a watch would be even crazier, but Amazon and Target differ on that with their recent decision to support the Apple Watch, and it seems these are not the only companies considering it. Trusted sources claim that Apple is already preparing an its Apple Store application to support the Apple Watch in a future software update. The intent is for the app to provide some added convenience to ...

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    Earlier this week, a rumor broke that Microsoft had a big announcement coming for Build 2015, one that threatened to shake up the app landscape on Microsoft's platform. Supposedly Android compatibility was in the works, opening up Windows devices to a huge new selection of software. Today as Microsoft details the many ways devs can bring their apps to the Windows Store under Windows 10, the company has not only confirmed something that's very much along those lines, but that extends to iOS, too. Microsoft highlights four main ways devs can bring existing apps to Windows 10. They can ...

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    If you spend a lot of time working with Microsoft's suite of Office apps, you're likely familiar with the company's support for Office add-ins, plugins that allow developers to brings news tools and features to standard Office programs. These can be anything from document management systems, to collections of shortcuts, to industry-specific projects that make it easier to work with advanced notation. At its Build conference today, Microsoft is showcasing some expanded add-in support coming with Office 2016, including the ability for add-ins to exist across platforms. Considering how Office ...

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    Hamburger buttons have been seeing a lot of controversy recently, especially with Microsoft piling them into all of the new universal Windows apps that it's been developing for Windows 10 both on desktop PCs and phones. Many people already know what's wrong with them, and as some of my Twitter followers might say, "anyone with eyes can see how bad it is."  There have been many usability studies that show how hamburger buttons can greatly reduce and impair user engagement.  Apple hates them and Google has started moving away from them (they've been removed from the Google+ app), but ...

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    There are a lot of Sony smartphone fans out there, but, sadly (for the company), not enough, or not as many as the Japanese manufacturer would have hoped. Regardless of its Xperia line-up (flagship or not), Sony didn't quite manage to sit at the same table with Apple or Samsung, for instance. However, Sony profits from Apple's and Samsung's smartphones, and, it profits even more when it comes to the latest iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6 flagships. Components inside the iPhone 6 or Samsung Galaxy S6 are made by Sony. We're referring to the image sensor. The iPhone 6 has not one, but two Sony ...

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    One of the coolest options that Android Wear and Pebble users have is the ability to use third-party watch faces. Surely not all of these are great, and some even affect your watch's performance, but it’s better than having just a handful of built-in options. Many developers were upset by Apple's approach to not allow them to create third party watch faces when WatchKit launched, but don't expect good news any time soon. Apple has just updated its App Store review guidelines, and the documentation now makes it official that it will not approve apps that only tell the time, or in other ...

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    Apple has been closing the gap between its OS X platform and its iOS platform more and more over the years. Still, instead of converging products into one OS, Apple has devised tools like Continuity and Handoff with the purpose of giving users an added value when buying into the Apple Ecosystem. A new patent granted to Apple today takes things further, in a more intimate way. This new Apple patent was actually filed back in 2010, when the iPad was barely a few months old. The idea is to allow users of creative apps like FinalCut Pro or Photoshop to use an iPhone or iPad as an extra input ...

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    Apple’s quarter results conference call just ended, and as is customary for Cupertino, numbers continue on a rise. Last quarter Apple broke all of its records by selling a crazy 74.5 million iPhones in just one quarter, building up $74.6 billion in revenue in the process. Apple’s revenue this quarter isn’t as significant when compared to last quarter, but if compared to the same quarter last year, the company broke yet another record. Apple quarter results claim that it sold 61 million iPhones in the quarter, and ramped up $58 billion in revenue. This would be Apple’s most ...

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    Even though Siri started the new trend of digital assistants on smartphones, it seems that Apple has completely neglected the service since the departure of Scott Forstall. We've seen all of its competing services getting better in every platform update, and the Siri saw very few improvements with iOS 8. Apple has a lot to fix when it comes to Siri's reliability, and it seems that its new plan is to do just that. Apple is now officially operating Siri on its third-generation system for handling queries, and this time it's using the open source Mesos platform that's already famous for ...

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    Facebook is doing its best to make its proprietary social platforms bigger and better. Services like Facebook Messenger have grown significantly in popularity, but not at the same speed as services like Whatsapp, which Facebook also owns. Today Facebook has just launched a new service that betters the existing Whatsapp offerings, but not for everyone. Facebook Messenger now supports video calling in a very similar way to what we see with Apple's FaceTime or even Skype's video calling. The roll out happens today as an app update for iOS and for Android, and there's even a video explaining ...

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    Apple may not be your favorite technology company, and it's first-generation smartwatch might be a little pricey for your taste, but any device that outstrips the competition's annual sales in a single day demands attention. Our own Adam Doud stayed up pretty late a few weeks back to order up a Sport edition, and now that it's hit Pocketnow's Boston offices, it's time to kick off the first step in the review process: the Apple Watch unboxing. In this video, we take you through the process of freeing the Apple Watch Sport from its retail packaging, stripping away box, then ...

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    Even with Apple's current struggle to meet demand for the Apple Watch, that doesn't mean that a few devices were ordered for the sake of drama. The Apple Watch Sport being the less expensive and most common has been a target of torture tests recently, and so far we've seen that its display is anything but indestructible, but what about the aluminum or its watch bands? More videos have emerged with details. CNET has just posted its usual torture test for the Apple Watch Sport, and you'd be surprised at how much it can take. The device was submerged for 10 minutes under water, and then was ...

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    Apple may have backed off from April 24 as the formal availability date for the Apple Watch, but with shipments already hitting customer doorsteps, the era of the Apple smartwatch has unquestionably arrived. While many of you will be content to slap the wearable on your wrists and go about enjoying it as Apple intended, the crew over at iFixit had slightly different aspirations for their Apple Watch, and have sacrificed a shiny new Apple Watch Sport to tear it open and see what makes it tick. Smartphones may already be marvels of modern micro-engineering, but smartwatches sure manage to ...

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    The four-inch iPhone that's been rumored to return to join its now-larger brethren for the next generation of Apple's smartphone hardware may not be happening this year as anticipated – at least not according to the latest analyst report we've seen. But even if that model is still a long way off, could there be hope for another petite iOS device? That's what we're wondering this afternoon as we check out a rumor that Apple's finally getting ready to deliver a new iPod touch, one that could arrive later this year. Considering how long it's been since Apple really updated the hardware of ...

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    Miniaturization has been the name of the evolution game over the last few years as mobile devices are now more powerful that some of the technology currently used in outer Space.The evolution the ARM's RISC-based architecture has been key in allowing the mobile device revolution of the last few years, and according to certain leaks, miniaturization is still a work in progress. A leaked ARM presentation shows us the reference design for ARM processors in the future, and all point to 10 and 16nm CPUs with Greek mythology codenames. Ares would be the high end 10nm core processor with a 1-1.2W ...

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    Apple is famous for owning an insane amount of patents that it hasn't ever used. When it comes to display patents, we even remember a patent the company filed for a flexible display that can emulate a keyboard a few months ago. Today we learn of a new Apple display patent, and this time it focuses on touch. Apple was granted a patent today for a display that makes use of an actuator to vibrate the surface of the glass and even change its temperature, in a way to make users feel that they're touching a particular material. This actuator moves in different directions and at different speeds ...

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    For many, the Apple Watch sold out too early to even allow them to think twice about it. Apple's odd strategy to not sell the Apple Watch on its own stores tomorrow has generated significant controversy, as online stores are not offering shipping times earlier than June. Still, there were some lucky enough to land a timely order for launch date, and some good news have begun to arrive today. Apple has already begun to send shipment alerts to those who were lucky enough to order an Apple Watch on time. As of today, the status for these products appears as "shipped," for the US or ...

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    The Apple Watch sport has proven to be one of the best selling Apple wearables so far, and it makes sense given the price difference with the stainless steel Apple Watch. That said, there is a level of compromise as aluminum is not a common material for Watches, or at least not as common as stainless steel, and neither is the Ion-X glass used on the Apple Watch Sport when compared to sapphire. We already know that sapphire is second only to diamonds when it comes to durability, but it seems Ion-X didn't do so well. A recent video from Unbox Therapy has emerged on YouTube testing the Apple ...

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    We've heard a ton of rumors surrounding a possible 4-inch iPhone mini launch later this year. Surely the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have proven to be very successful over the last few months, but there is still a significant market interested in better one-handed usability. For that matter, Apple still sells the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, and that might not be good for an iPhone mini project. KGI Securities has a very positive track record when it comes to Apple predictions, and today Ming-Chi Kuo claims that we might not see a brand new 4-inch iPhone until 2016. The reasons have a lot to do ...

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    Apple's smartphones just are not having a lot of luck when it comes to SSL this week. Yesterday we told you about a problem affecting several hundred iOS apps, whereby it was theoretically possible that an attacker could intercept app data traffic. Well easy fix, right – just don't use any of those problem apps until they're updated? Fine for that issue, maybe, but today we learn of a new vulnerability for which there isn't yet any obvious fix, as researchers reveal a denial of service attack that can crash apps or even iOS itself over a WiFi connection. The attack relies on a special ...

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    Even though Apple's App Store certification process is a developer's worse nightmare, it has done a great job in keeping iOS free from many of the emerging malware trends of the last few years. Sadly that particular topic changes every day, so there's no guarantee that your device is completely safe from any sort of hack, and today we learn of another one. An HTTPS vulnerability bug was discovered back in February that affects version 2.5.1 of AFNetwork, a popular networking library used for iOS and OS X apps. This bug allows attackers to access sensitive and private information through ...

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    WhatsApp may have started life as a simple messaging service, but after building up a user base that numbers in the hundreds of millions, the app's been working to expand its feature set into new modes of communication. Following some teases last year, WhatsApp for Android gained voice call support and the end of March. Windows Phone users are still waiting for the feature to come their way, but another platform is going to get there before them, as voice calling arrives for WhatsApp on iOS today. Well, the new version of the app is out, at least, updating WhatsApp to 2.12.1. That contains ...

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    Microsoft has shown a significant level of interest in supporting the Apple Watch since it was announced. A quick update to OneDrive for iOS allows users to view and edit photo albums on their wrist, something that even though cumbersome, may be useful for some. If you thought Microsoft was done with OneDrive, think again, as things just got more useful. Microsoft has just updated its PowerPoint for iOS, and among the changes, we now find Apple Watch controls. You can now slide back and forth through a presentation, and you even get the elapsed time that you've taken with the presentation, ...

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    It would be fantastic if devices that once supported a service were guaranteed to keep doing so for years and years to come – that if Netflix works on your TV today, or your car streams Pandora, that it will keep right on working through future server-end upgrades. Sadly, that's not necessarily the case, and given enough time, client-side software can lose the ability to communicate with the service behind it. That's what happening to a number of YouTube-accessing devices right now, as Google updates its API and breaks compatibility with old viewers. The affected hardware includes old ...

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    Those who pre-ordered an Apple Watch have been in a bit of a weird situation; at first, the pushed-back delivery dates may have seemed disheartening, with many dates pushing well into summer. But then reports arrived suggesting the Watch would ship on time, and then reports contradicting that very claim. There wasn't much clarity on any matter, really. Now today a report from MacRumors suggests that Apple is moving Watches to distribution points across the United States for on-time shipments on the 24th. Considering pre-orderers of certain models are receiving notifications of Apple ...

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