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    If “Lying Ted” or “Little Marco” were still in the Presidential race, or “Crooked Hillary” would stoop to the same low blow name-calling tactics as her presumptive opponent from the other side of the aisle, Trump’s recent disclosure of financial investments would provide so much ammo for such an easy derogatory label. Something short and punchy, like maybe “Two-Face Donald” or just “Hypocritical Donald.” Granted, the controversial businessman was heard giving contradictory statements on many delicate issues these past few months, ranging from immigration to foreign ...

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    Flashback to June 7, 2010 for a moment. It may take a little thought to do so as it was damn near six years ago. You may not remember what the weather was like, what you wore that day, or even what devices you owned at that moment in your life. If you are a diehard techie I will tell you one thing you will remember from that day and that would be that year’s WWDC. The late and great Steve Jobs walked out on stage and unveiled the iPhone 4 in all of it’s gorgeous glory. The phone was amazingly sexy for its time and would come with one particular feature that is a staple point of the iOS ...

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    Kantar released its report on the state of the smartphone market last week, now it's Gartner's turn. More smartphones entered the market in this quarter than the same time last year. Fittingly in time for Google I/O, it's a victory this time around for Android at the expense of all the other major platforms. Research firm Gartner reported first quarter sales for smartphones worldwide totaled 349 million units, up 3.9 percent annually. Android sold approximately 293.8 million units representing 84 percent of the market, up more than 5 points. Apple itself reported iPhone sales, but Gartner ...

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    It should come as no surprise that, of all the countries in the world, the US remains the absolute cheapest place to buy a relatively new and swanky iPhone. After all, we’re still talking about the most competitive and crowded smartphone market here (though China and India are rapidly closing in), and various hefty taxes like VAT don’t apply to “the land of the free.” As such, Deutsche Bank found the average American consumer is asked to cough up $598 for an iPhone 6, which may feel expensive given that’s a 2014-released model, but it’s actually way lower than what iFans have ...

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    From your hand to your wrist to your home, intelligent devices have been slowly taking over, looking to improve and simplify every little aspect of the modern, always web-connected life. Smartphones are primarily credited for kicking off this second (third?) phase of the digital revolution, with wearables and universal voice-enabled controllers like the Amazon Echo leading the next automation step. The smart speaker that was limitedly released in late 2014 to mixed critical and user response, then expanded in June of last year to widespread acclaim has already spawned two lower-cost ...

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    What can a single retailer do to compete against mobile payment services from tech industry leaders with widespread support across many stores and even many countries around the world? Well, if said retailer is Walmart or Target, it definitely has a chance of obstructing Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Android Pay’s growth. The world’s largest company by revenue, as well as the biggest private employer and the second largest retail platform by merchandise volume, behind Alibaba as of last month, first took the wraps off its proprietary digital wallet app back in December. Then, in April, it ...

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    Update: Well, it wouldn't be an update without something breaking in the process. In this case, the iOS 9.3.2 seems to have screwed up some iPad Pro 9.7 tablets. Users report seeing an "Error 56" are instructed to connect to their computers and get on iTunes. An "Unknown Error 56" plagued several iPhone 6 devices back in 2014. iClarified suggests to boot your iPad Pro 9.7 to Device Firmware Upgrade Mode for a temporary fix. Our original story is below. Apple's computing platforms are getting their tweaks and optimizations on with OSX 10.11.5, iOS 9.3.2, watchOS 2.1.1, tvOS 9.2.1 and iTunes ...

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    CEO Tim Cook may try to shine a bright light on Apple’s recent financial numbers, spinning them in such a way that sales decline signals forthcoming growth, and weak China penetration beats yesteryear’s even lousier box-office scores in the world’s largest smartphone market. Meanwhile, the Apple Watch is still considered a hit, and future generations will only make naysayers realize how they can’t live without an iPhone-compatible wearable. Then again, it’s impossible to deny the massive sequential drop in global demand, despite discounts seizing the timepiece its fair share of ...

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    Similar to how many of today’s non-flagship smartphones forgo fingerprint recognition, fast battery charging or optical image stabilization, fitness addicts continue to be dealt GPS-lacking cards in both the smart band and smartwatch game. While these are generally capable of the exact same things as their location-identifying cousins and rivals, they need to tap into a handheld’s navigation system to decently monitor your runs and outdoor training sessions. Even then, data precision can suffer, so if you have the choice, always go for a wearable with built-in GPS functionality. Like ...

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    Developing smartphones with OLED screens can be tricky. Manufacturing and distributing them on a large global scale is even harder. Until recently, it was also pricier to adopt the organic light-emitting diode technology than LCD, which is mainly why Apple waited so long to follow in Samsung’s footsteps. But in two years tops, essentially every analyst, pundit and tipster agrees Cupertino will bring to light the sharpest, brightest, prettiest iPhone yet, possibly with no visible display borders and fancy, elegant curves added in the design mix instead. Wait, two years? What happened with ...

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    Unlike Google, or rather recently founded parent company Alphabet, which often seeks media attention over its many projects and experiments in early development stages, Apple prefers to work behind closed doors on new products before bringing them to the public in advanced, polished and commercial-ready form. The Tim Cook-led Cupertino money-making machine is also known for leaving others to pave the way in terms of trends and fledgling technology innovations, adopting fresh stuff only at or near a maturity point. That was most recently the case of the Apple Watch, and all signs point to ...

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    Beyond matters of personal preference, like how an OS looks or subjective brand reliability, what tends to separate Android devices and iPhones in the eyes of many is security and software stability. Well, pricing too, but let’s leave that aside for a moment. Unfortunately, there’s no fully dependable scientific method of finding out which platform is less vulnerable to glitches, and what phones have the highest failure rate. At least as far as the latter is concerned, though, “leading provider of mobile device diagnostics and secure data erasure solutions” Blancco aims to supply ...

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    Update: A Google product manager on the Gboard team said that they are working on bringing features from the app over to the Android side. We're not sure in what form the features will come in, though. Our original story is below. If you also feel like most third-party iOS keyboards are always one step behind their Android counterparts, and find the former platform’s built-in app a little lacking in functionality and versatility, we have some pretty big news for you today. Good, potentially game-changing news, to be specific, as recent rumors of a cutting-edge, gesture typing-capable ...

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    In addition to entry-level Vivofit-series activity trackers meant to compete directly against low-cost Fitbits and Jawbones, as well as slightly pricier Vivoactives and Vivomoves that blur the lines between fitness bands and full-blown smartwatches, Garmin has been slowly building itself a reputation in the intelligent wearable décor thanks to the Forerunner family of “multisport” products. These currently range in price from just $50 or so to as much as $450, with the 735XT introduced the other day at the highest end of the spectrum. While not exactly a smartphone for your wrist, ...

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    It’s crazy, but even though we’re likely still a few months away from the introduction of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, some industry analysts and trusted tipsters have already turned their attention to this next generation’s inevitable sequels. You can of course blame it on increasingly plausible rumors of yet another design rehash for the fall of 2016, which is not only disappointing, but also inconsistent with Apple’s traditional release cycle and past upgrade timetable. We were supposed to get a major redesign this year, not just dual cameras, a so-called Smart Connector, and ...

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    Kantar Worldpanel ComTech’s smartphone numbers for the three months ending March 2016 are in, and it’s the same old story over again. Android keeps surging, Windows Phone moves one step closer to obsolescence, while iOS posts more worrying losses. Wait, that’s not exactly what Apple came to expect from a timeframe in which the latest iPhone release wasn’t quite out-of-date. But after underwhelming holiday sales, and a recent financial report causing panic among investors, we’re not at all shocked to hear the global mobile OS duopoly is slowly heading towards a monopoly. ...

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    We're all very critical of smartphone performance. High end phones are expensive, and ideally they should solve more problems than they create. Also, with each successive generation of phone, we expect a phone to do more and to do those new tasks faster than the previous generation of device. We can benchmark processors, show off camera improvements, and listen to the audio output, but some aspects of our electronics are more difficult to test. There are also significant differences to account for when looking at devices from different manufacturers, or devices operating on different ...

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    Prepare to lose the blues for good. Instagram has debuted new logos for its eponymous app as well as Layout, Boomerang and Hyperlapse. Skeumorphism has been traded in for a bright "rainbow" palette of yellow, orange, hot pink and purple — colors you might see during a sunset, mind you. A new-look Instagram interface, as seen earlier on some iOS devices, is included in app updates now or soon to be at the App Store, Play Store and Windows Store. It trades muted blues and grays for a stark black and white theme, one that iOS on the whole has adopted. Source: Instagram

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    We already know what current Apple CEO Tim Cook thinks of the “iWatch”, its sales results so far, and potential to be viewed as an “overnight success” in a few years, when people realize they can’t live without it. Of course, he pretty much has to say those things, regardless of his personal view on quite possibly the most divisive product in the company’s recent past. Meanwhile, Steve Wozniak, one of Apple’s co-founders and a pioneer of the 1970s PC revolution, initially condemned the wearable for taking the former tech innovator into the “jewelry market”, ultimately ...

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    Exactly like Xiaomi, Huawei gave priority and put the spotlight first on its newest remarkably affordable phablet before also talking entry-level wearable releases at a Beijing press event yesterday. But unlike its domestic arch-rival, the world’s third largest smartphone manufacturer was ultimately open about the full specs and capabilities of the Honor Band A1, which will begin shipping on Chinese shores in exactly two weeks. As the name suggests, the A1 isn’t a series pioneer, though it really looks nothing like the Honor Band Zero fitness watch. The new guy is an extremely ...

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    The launch of the iPhone SE brought up a few interesting questions regarding design. This hardware shell is now going on its fourth year of service with little change from the original iPhone 5. This is an obvious cost savings measure from Apple, and prevents any consumer confusion as to which new phones are "premium" and which phones are more "wallet friendly". However, if Apple were to recycle a shell, the iPhone 5 was a very well received design. There's something "classic" or "timeless" about the first iPhone to use a widescreen 16:9 display. We've asked questions like these before in ...

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    When not busy trying to force Apple’s hand to needlessly undermine its own mobile OS encryption and device security, the US government occasionally gets a half-decent idea of actually acting in the service of the people. Case in point, a joint FTC/FCC examination of the way smartphone and tablet manufacturers, as well as wireless operators stateside, look for, identify and ultimately address vulnerabilities in products designed by them or supported on their networks. Though the two independent government agencies are in this together, the Federal Trade Commission aims to “better ...

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    While in theory Apple brought its critically acclaimed digital wallet service to British and Canadian shores last year, it’s only in the past month or so that iOS-enabled mobile payments became widely available in the two countries. Shortly after picking up Barclays UK approval, Apple Pay today finally spreads its wings to MasterCard and VISA credit and debit cards from Royal Bank of Canada and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. Previously, American Express was the sole brand supported, and before long, three other major financial institutions will join the party, wrapping up the local ...

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    In response to quite possibly some of Samsung’s best commercials not loaded with celebrities or Apple venom of late, Cupertino once again takes to YouTube to promote the always-on “Hey Siri” functionality of the iPhone 6s. This newest iAd practically slots between the bizarre “Onions” video from a couple of weeks back and adorkable Cookie Monster-headlined short film released almost two months ago in terms of humor and marketing message effectiveness. Entertainer extraordinaire Neil Patrick Harris returns to rehearse a natural-sounding and “spontaneous” acceptance speech for ...

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    The Indian government continues to be notoriously strict about foreign companies conducting business on its soil, recently caving under pressure from domestic smartphone makers and reportedly thwarting Apple’s efforts to sell pre-owned iPhones in the world’s second largest mobile market yet again. But of course, Cupertino can’t afford to hit the brakes when it comes to penetration of territories where iDevices are viewed as luxury items with unsatisfactory quality – pricing ratios. Not with the US, Europe and even China oversaturated, and its financials causing alarm among ...

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