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    We've been able to unlock our smartphones through face detection for a significant amount of years now, so long as you're using an Android phone of course. You'd assume this would be the most logical way to unlock your phone, given the fact that you're staring at it during this particular process. The biggest problem with this though is how inaccurate it can be, and Apple seems to be working on that for a future iPhone. Apple was just granted a new patent called “Low threshold face recognition,” which in its name alone is almost self explanatory. The patent focuses on “reducing the ...

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    It's funny how the same company that was famous for fighting uniformity with its 1984 ad campaign, is the exact same company that's now famous for doing the opposite. Apple was once famous for not conforming to a standard, and using this as a way to show itself as cool, but the last thing you'll find in Apple's product lineup today is diversity lately. We did see some of these roots remain in the Apple Store experience, but it seems part of it is about to change. Trusted sources claim that Apple is already training retail employees on some major changes that are coming to the way ...

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    Over the past few months, we've gotten to know the Apple Watch. We've worn the smartwatch on our wrists, used it to interact with our iPhones, and become familiar with all it has to offer. So while the wearable itself may be quite known to us, there's a bigger picture question that's so far remained elusive, as we've tried to get a sense of what kind of sales the Apple Watch is seeing. At least, while most accounts have suggested strong initial performance, questions have surfaced over just how sustainable those sales might prove to be over the long term. While we still don't have any ...

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    Even though the success of Apple Pay is still a debatable topic, Apple can't just quit when it barely got started. The company has expanded the bank and retail availability options in the US substantially over the last couple of months, and its expansion to international markets should also be code for growth. Today we learn that the service is already gearing up for a launch in the UK, but not all with be at its best on launch date. Trusted sources claim that Apple has already informed certain employees about the launch of Apple Pay in the UK on July 14. The source claims that Apple Store ...

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    Nobody buys a phablet for added comfort, unless of course, you play in the NBA or something like that. Phablets are more about the added screen real-estate for media consumption, or the added benefit of all-day battery life, but not because they're either pocket friendly or easy to operate. The last thing you'd expect is for a 6' 10" NBA player to get injured by using a phablet, but that's the news today. Matt Bonner, longtime member of the San Antonio Spurs, was recently interviewed and blamed his recent injury on owning an iPhone 6 Plus. He revealed that he spent the last two months of ...

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    It seems like Apple's vow of secrecy to keep its products hidden before launch date gets sloppier by the minute. It does make sense though, as Cupertino needs to keep building anticipation for its next-generation iPhone one way or another. So far most of the recent rumors paint the Apple will repeat its iPhone design strategy as with previous models, and today we get additional confirmation on that. New leaks that come from a reliable source in the Chinese supply chain claim that reveal the iPhone 6s schematic. If these documents are true, then the recent rumors of a thicker iPhone 6s and ...

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    The evolution of Instagram over the years has seen the photo-sharing service come to new platforms, pick up video support, and all the while apply filter after filter to millions upon millions of photos. And so far, all those photos that have passed through Instagram have shared some things in common: they're all cropped to a square aspect ratio, and all sized to 640 x 640 pixels. While that resolution may have been sufficient for Instagram's purposes, it was hardly taking full advantage of the high-res screens in our lives that are just aching to display some higher quality imagery, not ...

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    Over the past few days we've been checking out maybe the most exciting series of iPhone 6s leaks to date, as a source with apparent access to the phone's frame and main board has been offering some up-close looks at the hardware. First we saw the handset's largely unchanged body, and then on Wednesday got a look at a new modem chip. Today the focus on internals continues, revealing, among other things, a new NFC module and the return of a 16GB storage option. Sorry for you proponents of a 32GB minimum, as it appears from this board, at least, that the 16GB variant will return. Here we see ...

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    Right now, Apple's managing two markedly different platforms, as its mobile devices are powered by iOS (which we're including watchOS under), and its proper computers powered by OS X. But for a while now we've been wondering if Apple might be ready to start blurring those boundaries, and if the rumored jumbo-sized 12.9-inch iPad could run some variant of OS X – not unlike how we see Windows tablets running the same operating system as Windows PCs. Now there's a new trademark filing that's getting attention for possibly providing some actual evidence that OS X could land on a future iPad ...

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    Apple's obsession with thin and light has been a topic of much debate over the last couple of years. If it wasn't for that time when Apple launched the third-generation iPad, it's hard to remember any other case when a newer product is thicker than its predecessor. Added thickness might be a need in some cases though, and it seems the iPhone 6s will be next on that list. Case makers are already sharing information on the next-generation iPhone, and it seems that some added thickness is part of the deal. We've seen that both new iPhones will look identical to the current models, but the ...

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    It would be easy to say that there is an Apple before Jony Ive and after, but that would be cutting it too short. We've seen Ive's design redefine MP3 players, computers, smartphones, tablets, and even mobile operating systems. We do know that Ive and the late Steve Jobs would work closely together, and it seems that after the death of Apple's major leader, Ive is preparing to move on as well. We covered how Apple has decided to promote Jony Ive to "Chief Design Officer," a role which you'd assume would give Ive total control over the company's design process. In a way that's true, as he ...

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    There was a time when the iPhone was praised for its camera quality, and at the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, this was still the way most of us felt about it. Then came 2015, products like the Galaxy S6 and LG G4, and now everyone consider's Apple's cameras to be dull. We've kept an eye on a ton of rumors regarding the new cameras Apple will bring to its next generation iPhones, but today we get that information in writing, or should I say, drawing. Leaked Foxconn documents detail the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus camera specifications. Both devices are apparently being coded as ...

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    When it comes to battery life, we all have our own ways of keeping our devices topped up and running. While other aspects of mobile technology, like displays and processors, have seen tremendous leaps and bounds over the past few years, battery technology hasn’t seen a significant improvement. This surely is the lament of every modern day smartphone user. Of course, being tech enthusiasts, we have found different ways to work around this problem, ways to keep our devices going all day every day. Wall Charger First and foremost there’s the regular wall charger. Most devices come with ...

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    No matter where you go, buying an iPhone can prove to be an expensive prospect. Whether you're shelling out for the handset's full retail price, or incorporating the phone's cost as part of your ongoing carrier bill, you'll likely end up paying more than you would for an Android or Windows Phone model; that's just the way things are, and no matter which country we're talking about, Apple hardware fetches premium prices. This week, though, we're not so much talking about hardware as we are services, thanks to Apple flipping the switch on Apple Music. And while Apple plays up the global ...

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    Apple has used the "s" after an iPhone's product name as a representation of additional speed, ever since the old iPhone 3GS. As such we've seen the company retain the same design as the existing model, but with added performance benefits. We're expecting this to be the exact same case with the iPhone 6s, and today we get a major tip of where this will be focused on. The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will reportedly use Qualcomm's new MDM9635M chip, also known as the ‘9X35′ Gobi modem platform. The major benefit with this change when compared to the current “9X25″ chip we see on ...

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    One of the most common trends ever since smartphone screens started getting larger, was for video consumption to grow. YouTube has made gigantic leaps in the quality it can support from video producers like us to consumers on a desktop, but we've also seen the company gradually bring this support to mobile. Today we see the company expand support of new features to mobile users. YouTube has just published an "HFR FTW" post on its YouTube blog. By this, the Google-owned company has just confirmed that both iOS and Android devices will now support 60 FPS video streaming. This feature was ...

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    Believe it or not, the last time Apple refreshed its iPod lineup was back in year 2012. It makes sense for Apple to loosen its on the iPod with the success of the iPhone, given the company always knew that it would be at the cost of killing its own music player. That last thing we'd expect is for Cupertino to continue refreshing the lineup, but its seems something is coming after all. When connecting an iPod to iTunes 12.2, which is necessary for users to enjoy Apple Music, we were greeted with the odd surprise of new iPod colors. We see an iPod Touch in dark blue, an iPod nano in Gold, ...

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    These days, just like with smartphones, new music streaming services have to do something different to be able to compete. It's not just about being able to listen to your music anymore; people look to apps like Spotify, Google Play Music, and Rdio for sharing their favorite songs, listening to radio stations, and much, much more. Personally, I wouldn't be able to see myself paying for a service that doesn't allow for offline playback and link sharing. One of Apple's biggest advantages right from the start is its massive music library, but what other features of Apple Music will entice new ...

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    In a perfect world, each time we topped-up the charge on our portable electronics, they'd offer just as much juice as they did the first day we brought them home. But the reality of the situation is that even the latest modern batteries degrade over time, with capacity slowly (and sometimes not so slowly) dwindling away. Some of us look to devices with replaceable batteries as a solution, while others turn to service plans. Not all warranties are created equal, though, and many explicitly refrain from insuring a battery's ongoing capacity. This week Apple makes some changes to its own ...

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    If you've used music streaming service, you've used them all. Spotify, Rdio, Pandora, and other services all have roughly the same feature set, and focus around letting you access a huge library of music from anywhere, any time. Apple has historically been reluctant to embrace music streaming, instead pushing iTunes and the benefits of owning your tracks. But as of today, that all changes, as Apple has just released Apple Music to the masses, bundled into iOS version 8.4. Like competing services, Apple Music allows for radio streaming, playlists, sharing songs, and more, but the idea here ...

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    Cupertino has called its Apple Watch the "most personal" device it has ever made, and that's kind of true. You have to actually like a product a lot in order to be willing to wear it, and given the reported sales of the Apple Watch, that could hold true. The only bummer is that as a first generation product, there are a ton of limitations in its functionality, but it doesn't seem that Apple is resting in its laurels. Today we discover a new patent that allows the Apple Watch to detect when users shake hands with other Apple Watch users, or share a Hi-5, or even a bow it seems. The patent ...

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    We're probably just over two months away from the launch of the next iPhone models. Rumors have suggested we'll be seeing the introduction of an iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, as last year's pair of size options returns with some upgraded hardware. But just what's changing? The arrival of Force Touch has been one of the less controversial suggestions, and given the support it's managed to pick up, feels almost like a certainty. Other rumors have been more difficult to get a read on, especially in the absence of evidence. Well as luck would have it, evidence is just what we're turning to this ...

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    We've heard a lot about Samsung Galaxy S6 sales; some reports claimed that things are looking good, others insinuated that the situation could be better. You never know who to trust when it comes down to bits like these, and today's report doesn't manage to shed more light either (granted, the report is based on "industry watchers'" findings and insights, so there's, as usual, room for speculation). Said sources claim that Samsung Galaxy S6 sales are falling short of expectations for Q2 of the year; the situation is reportedly not brighter when it comes to Samsung's domestic competitor, ...

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    Hound is SoundHound's new voice assistant to compete with the likes of Google Now, Siri, and Cortana. It, like the others, can launch apps, run search queries, identify songs, and more, but one thing that's caught wide attention for this service is its ability to process complex, multi-part queries in a manner similar to Wolfram Alpha. Questions like "What is the population and capital for Japan and China?" work without a hitch, and very quickly at that. But rarely will most people ask a voice assistant such complicated questions. Instead, most people use these services for quick searches ...

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    While we're waiting patiently for that long-rumored Hangouts 4.0 Android update to land, we get to watch iOS get all the fun a tad bit early. This isn't much of a surprise, really – iOS saw a Hangouts redesign ages ago that still surpasses the sorry state of the Android app as it stands currently – but it is unfortunate for those of us who have been waiting for a long, long time for this to come to Android. If you're using iOS, though, this is a welcome change, bringing Hangouts some new changes bolstering the user experience. The changes center around the app's user interface for the ...

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