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    It's been four months since Microsoft struck on a keyboard for iOS that made typing with a single thumb's arc a whole bunch easier. Now, if only there were a way to add a GIF to it. Well, Word Flow 2.0 is now out and it comes with a bunch of new, internet-powered features like a search function for emoji, images, GIFs, businesses, news, facts, videos, contacts, blah blah blah... all of it powered by Microsoft's own Bing search engine. Google's competing product, Gboard, has been working in the company's search services as well. This only seems like an appropriate volley back just to keep ...

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    While the expected iPhone 7/6SE upgrades and subtle design revisions may not feel compelling enough to prompt 6s or even 6 owners to switch to a “new” iOS handheld, some iFans no longer covered by a warranty probably don’t have a choice but to give up their old precious. Even if you took extra care of your almost two year-old iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, dodged “Bendgate” headaches and unwanted curves, and just generally played all your cards right, you might have still encountered a very serious issue. Dubbed Touch Disease by a group of experts who routinely deal with it professionally, ...

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    While all the 3.5mm headphone jack omission talks and controversies surrounding the next-gen iPhones, dubbed 7 or 6SE, are technically still hypotheticals, the odds of Apple deciding against the traditional audio connector removal at the eleventh hour can almost no longer be calculated. It’s more likely that Cupertino will eventually build an Android device, which is what Steve Wozniak famously (and half-jokingly) advised Tim Cook to do a couple of years back. Okay, let’s just say the two feel equally unrealistic at the moment. But the always outspoken, candid and frequently ...

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    Worn by “the world’s greatest athletes” at the recently concluded Summer Games in Rio in a very shrewd publicity stunt that likely doubled as a mighty convenient pre-release beta trial, the Visa-powered NFC Ring finally seems (just about) ready for primetime and the contactless-paying masses. No need to continue carrying around a bulky smartphone or wearing an expensive smartwatch on your wrist to conduct easy, secure on-the-go transactions. This sleek, low-profile yet stylish and affordable patented smart ring should start shipping worldwide “by December 2016”, with pre-orders ...

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    Google wants a piece of the Amazon-controlled smart speaker action, the latter in turn plans to go after Apple and Spotify in the uber-challenging, jam-packed music streaming arena, while Samsung may also have something akin to the Echo in the pipeline. Bottom line, no tech giant, regardless of its size, financial status and profit margins, is content resting on existing laurels, with product innovation and originality nowhere near as important as a robust presence in as many potential-brimming market segments as possible. So what if a mysterious Samsung Scoop gadget recently sighted at ...

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    While 2017 looks pretty much certain to be the road-opening year of sharper, not-necessarily-pricier OLED iPhones, the jury is still out on whether we’ll also see Apple adopt curved display technology manufactured by Samsung in 12 or 24 months. It remains unclear how many of next year’s iPhone 8 (7s?) configurations will be able to move away from LCD screens as well, and what kind of production rates Cupertino can realistically hope for with a sole OLED supplier most likely in its corner. Definitive answers to these very delicate questions are obviously impossible to formulate in the ...

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    What Android lost, Twitter has found, picked up and blasted it back not only to Android users, but our friends rocking iOS, too. It's the dark aesthetics of Night Mode and, yes, a couple months after the Android Twitter app got the  new toggle, we find iOS getting a little roll-out action today. Well, "little" compared to the Nougat update, but whatevs. Rolling out today – we're bringing night mode to iOS! 🌙 https://t.co/XxNZHQdth9 pic.twitter.com/WLwKi4H0Oe — Twitter (@twitter) August 22, 2016 If you've waited for a while, pull up your multitasking shades and swipe away Twitter, ...

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    Barbara Streisand is a woman on a mission. At 74, not only does she continue to sing her heart out, — her latest album, Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway, shows her chords off with the likes of Jamie Foxx, Melissa McCarthy and Anne Hathaway — she demands that automatons pronounce her name correctly. Streisand. That "sand" part is not "zand". It's "beach sand" sand. Sure, Google pronounces her name correctly, but to many iOS users on their iPhones and iPads (and soon on their Macs), she is Tony Award-winning vocalist Barbara Streizand. Well, until September 30th. Where else but on ...

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    Many are still debating if the best idea is to get a brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 7, or to consider the larger iPhone 6s Plus. The thing is, these two devices could not be more different. They actually serve very different types of users, where one is looking for more capabilities, while the other just wants a larger iPhone. One one hand we have the latest iteration of the lineup that created the phablet category, and on the other we have the iPhone that grew up to compete. Deciding on which is a better buy is actually less complicated than you think, so watch our full comparison to ...

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    Possibly the most significant hardware upgrade of the upcoming 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus (not Pro, not 6SE) has stopped being a secret a long, long time ago. Countless renders and live pics initially starring dummy units and mockups, and ultimately actual device prototypes, as well as recent video material shows the subtly redesigned iPhablet featuring a brand-new, trend-following dual rear-facing camera. But what about the smaller, likely lower-end and considerably cheaper iPhone 7? It’s also not a big mystery that a more conventional single snapper with a larger lens shall grace the back ...

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    Although it’s almost two whole years old, which is an age that sees many mobile devices retire somewhere quiet and sunny, the iPhone 6 Plus still has everything it needs to remain in the spotlight (not to mention darn expensive), even after the 7-series launch next month. Its iconic design will go largely unchanged, the Full HD 5.5-inch LCD screen may need to wait another year for a significant upgrade, the battery life has no big enhancement in sight, and iOS 10 should arrive as soon as it does for the 6s Plus. Sure, the Apple A8 processor and 8/1.2MP cameras are a little outdated, with ...

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    If you thought “Chipgate” was bad, wait until you see how iFans react to a prospective “Displaygate” next year. Granted, it’s way too early to have any guarantees regarding the 2017 iPhone, which could be branded 7s, 8 or even 7 if Apple decides to go with a convoluted but fitting 6SE moniker for this fall’s generation. It’s widely believed the iPhone 8 (let’s call it that for convenience purposes at the moment) will finally turn over an all-new leaf as far as external appearance goes, with glass everywhere, minimal screen bezels, and a long overdue LCD to OLED technology ...

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    Fresh rumors? At this point, nothing about the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, which will apparently be called exactly that after all, is really fresh anymore. Every “new” speculative report confirms, reiterates, nuances or flat-out contradicts previously relayed intel or gossip, and as irritating as it may feel, we’re left going round in circles until Apple puts us out of our misery with a formal announcement in a few weeks. Notoriously hit-and-miss “industry sources” quoted by Digitimes today send us on a short time travel back to January, then early June, and late June as well, echoing ...

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    Yes, iPhone 6SE branding makes so much more sense, considering 2016 looks to be the iOS handheld’s second consecutive “s” year rather than welcoming a radical new design, revising display technology, or completely shaving off screen bezels. But it’s way simpler to just call the marginally improved, slightly redesigned iPhones due out in a few weeks how people have been referring to them for many months now. And a “reliable source” quoted by Japanese tech blog Macotakara claims that’s going to be the case after all, and September 7 shall see the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus ...

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    Fitbit can’t really hope to snatch Apple’s wearable profit crown away anytime soon, as it remains focused on selling activity trackers at between $80 and $150, and pseudo-smartwatches for around $200, but copiously dominating the fledgling market in terms of volumes is no small feat either. To consolidate this leadership position, and keep the likes of Xiaomi or Garmin at bay, a couple of low-cost fall 2016 hardware releases have essentially been confirmed a little while back, and today we get to see the upcoming Fitbit Charge 2 and Fitbit Flex 2 in the flesh. Well, more or less, as ...

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    How many communication apps are too many for even a software giant like Google to properly maintain and robustly support? Four? Well, hot on the heels of Allo and Duo’s formal introductions at the I/O 2016 conference back in May, Mountain View assured us Hangouts and Messenger weren’t going anywhere. But that stance gets more nuanced now, as Google’s VP of communication products, Nick Fox, clarifies Hangouts will “increasingly focus” on the “group collaboration enterprise productivity space.” In other words, business users, for whom the service’s deep integration with ...

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    It feels odd to talk about Google Duo like it’s a new thing, both because the video calling service was unveiled way back in May at the I/O developer conference, and considering it looks so simple and basic you have to wonder what on earth took the search giant so long. But it’s the cross-platform app’s simplicity that makes it so appealing, with very few bells and whistles needed to minimize the frustration and complication of too many other video chat services. A single tap can initiate a Google Duo video call on Android and iOS, as sign-up procedures are simplified by the fact no ...

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    Another song and dance for the Apple developer crowd as the sixth beta for iOS 10, macOS Sierra, watchOS and tvOS have been released. The last update was not even a week ago. For the public, Apple sent out iOS 10 public beta 5 shortly after. Those keeping track have noticed that it's only about a month before the next batch of iPhones get released and we've seen a beta update per week of August so far. Developer beta set 3 and iOS 10 public beta 2 were pushed out on July 18. Should we expect hand-feeding up until the last moment? We shall see. Via: 9to5Mac

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    Apple gets smart about BETA testing software, while we're already tracking rumors about next year's iPhone. Google and Samsung respond to security concerns exploited at this year's Def Con. And the LG V20 looks to impress audiophiles with a Quad DAC system! What does that even mean?!?!? Those stories, and we'll tackle your viewer emails! Make sure you're charged and ready for episode 213 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the live video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on August 11 (click here for your local time), or check out the high-quality audio version right now. And don't forget to ...

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    There’s not much a pair of upcoming second-generation Apple Watch models are expected to radically change about the original, with essentially the same design and form factor in tow, slightly enhanced activity tracking, and even standalone cellular connectivity likely shelved until next year. Naturally, Cupertino’s long-term goal of saving users’ lives by improving the wrist-worn gizmo’s health and currently pseudo-medical features remains just that: a noble, potentially lucrative but distant dream engineers and software developers are working hard behind the scenes to bring closer ...

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    Digging through our viewer mailbag, we got a question about photography. Does your OP3 over expose & blow out areas not in focus when u tap to focus? -TGC Have you ever focused a phone camera at an object and then produced a photo which was way too bright or too dark? We've gotten several questions about this "bug" on various smartphone cameras, and we're sorry to say this is probably a feature, not a bug. The issue is likely metering, and understanding how your camera decides to adjust exposure based on what you focus on. Let's dig into this setting on your camera! Improve your ...

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    Despite the generally bleak picture painted by most market research companies and industry analysts when it comes to recent iPhone box-office numbers and Apple’s realistic expectations going forward, it’s not all doom and gloom for the world’s enduring top mobile OEM in terms of actual financial gains. Not only does Cupertino continue to make way more money than Samsung or Huawei on higher device prices and a refusal to compete in the low-end segment, with the latest smartphone OS data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech showing an iOS comeback in the US and Europe’s five largest ...

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    The longstanding number one tablet manufacturer in the world takes great pride in its often stellar customer satisfaction scores, as well as probably the industry’s lowest return rates on both iPhones and iPads. That’s obviously the main reason refurbished iDeals are generally a much rarer sight than discounts offered by retailers and device makers on pre-owned copies of even the most successful, best-selling Android hardware. But Apple being Apple, it’s managed to set up a thriving business testing and certifying its products that do come back to the company’s warehouses, making ...

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    It might feel like old news at this point, but we're going to get there soon. "There" looks to be next month when Apple releases another few trinkets of hardware, but until then, it's another developer beta update for the few of us. We expect another one or two updates for each of the platforms, given how close we are to release, but the same routine goes for most developers: check your software updates menu or download the appropriate file from Apple's Developer site. To further speculate, there's a chance we may see one more public beta for iOS 10 in the coming days to round out that ...

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    Different in so many aspects, Nexus devices and iPhones have their aversion to microSD cards in common, letting digital hoarders heavily rely on cloud storage to keep said addiction in check. Both Android and iOS users can take advantage of the free allotments of services like Google Drive, Dropbox and OneDrive, or pay up for extra space and in some cases unlimited add-ons. Meanwhile, the aptly titled iCloud remains an Apple-exclusive app, with Big G much more comfortable catering to devoted fans as well as lovers of rival mobile platforms. But Google Photos takes its iOS openness to the ...

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