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    It’s the same old story we're almost too familiar with. No matter what type of upgrades new iPhones or iPads bring to the table, Apple gets richer and richer with every unit sold. Even the tech giant’s most affordable gadgets yield massive profits, offsetting a fairly disappointing box-office start. As you know now that the iPhone SE has been torn down and rigorously inspected under the hood twice, many of its components seem to be borrowed from past generations, thus greatly reducing production costs. How greatly? A preliminary estimate by IHS puts the so-called bill of materials ...

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    Apple's next iPhone is likely to do a lot of things differently, as we'd only expect from a year where Apple doesn't pull any of this “s” action and actually bumps its model number up to 7. That could include stuff like an edge-to-edge display with no side bezels, new look for the phone's antenna stripe, or dropping the familiar analog headphone jack in favor of a digital Lightning-driven listening solution. One of the biggest rumors we've heard suggested for Apple's iPhone 7 design has been the idea that the manufacturer could introduce a wildly new camera design, outfitting at least ...

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    Classifying the iPhone SE is proving more difficult than we might have imagined. It's Apple's entry level iPhone option, but pricing is mid-pack in North America, and some of the tech on tap is top tier. While the design is a recycle from the iPhone 5S, the SE represents one of the more exciting moves from Apple of late. Instead of relying on older phones to fill in price gaps in the iPhone line up, this phone was purpose built to offer a less expensive, but still premium solution to price conscious shoppers. It also shows that Apple has learned from the abysmal failure which was the ...

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    Apple's introduction of the iPhone SE has been interesting to watch for a number of reasons, presenting us with new questions about just how and why Apple shoppers choose the hardware they do. Is it the four-inch size of the iPhone SE that will prove most attractive? Or is it the phone's comparatively low (to flagship models) price point? Will releasing it off-cycle from the fall's iPhone help or hurt sales? Last week we took an early look at sales data, but only had access to pre-order figures at the time. By now, the smartphone has been fully released, letting us see if its first weekend ...

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    BlackBerry's just not a company that can count on selling a ton of smartphones anymore, and staying relevant has meant making efforts to draw in users with its services. Back in the fall of 2013, well before we saw the manufacturer expand its smartphone line to Android, BlackBerry was already experimenting with just that kind of cross-platform draw, inviting Android and iOS users to come on board with the heretofore BlackBerry-exclusive BBM messaging platform. While everyone was free to pick up BBM and start messaging, BlackBerry reserved certain advanced features for those users paying a ...

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    While some hardcore iFans may choose to blindly trust their heroes and pre-order new iPhones or iPads without waiting to check out hands-on previews, unboxing videos and rigorous reviews, many prospective buyers these days go the cautious route. That often includes probing the internals of a just-launched iDevice not only through synthetic benchmarks. You also have iFixit to be grateful of for the most thorough, information-packed and quick teardown inspections. The latest such destructive/educational material puts the spotlight on the 9.7-inch iPad Pro’s guts, which are predictably ...

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    It didn’t take long for a group of skilled and resourceful engineers to pry open the newly released iPhone SE and give us a quick look under the hood, confirming what everyone kind of already suspected. This is by no means an entirely “new” device, recycling a number of key components from the ancient iPhone 5s, as well as last year’s 6s. And yes, describing the 2016 4-incher as a 6s mini seems largely accurate. But oddly enough, the SE appears to borrow something else from the 5s besides the overall design language and form factor. The two are just as tricky to fix for ...

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    The iPhone SE is a curious little beastie. Apple recycled the chassis from the four inch screened iPhone 5S, including the same Retina resolution, and then packed in the top of the line A9 processor and 12MP camera from the flagship iPhone 6S. On paper, this seems like it should be really to explain and categorize, but this is only Apple's second attempt at building a new phone specifically for the mid range market. In years past, Apple would simply reduce the price of the one and two year old iPhones when releasing a new phone.The SE manages to disrupt Apple's pricing strategy, but ...

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    Apple’s “most stable” new software release “in years”? Please, iOS 9.3 has been riddled with the oddest bugs since day one, and while its first sub-point maintenance update managed to mend a few system flaws, at least another remains unfixed. What’s really infuriating is iPhone users on Sprint have been complaining both online and directly to the carrier about erratic connectivity for over a week now, and it took the Now Network all this time to even acknowledge the problem. They say an error confessed is half forgiven, but of course, Sprint needs to actually roll out a ...

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    Nintendo has launched its Miitomo social networking/light gaming app in the US and elsewhere worldwide for Android and iOS and we are proud to announce that Pocketnow is on the network! You can now ask us questions about what we're wearing, what we've most recently doing and so on! Play pachinko games to get new clothes for your Mii to wear! Pose for crazy pictures with our Mii! Level up with us! I mean, we're going to be there! Well, there-ish, just not active. At all. April Fool's'. Sorry. We really regret it. Miitomo has been characterized as the first step in Nintendo's pivot to ...

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    By some accounts, Apple's iOS 9.3 release was one of its best-coded to date, giving users stable, reliable performance. And while that may be true for many users, it's also been clear that this worry-free operation isn't a universal occurrence, and we've seen a good number of reports detailing some pretty serious failures. First there were those multiple issues users were running into with getting iOS 9.3 installed in the first place, and while Apple was already making progress getting those ironed out, there was still the problem we'd heard about where users simply couldn't tap on links ...

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    With April Fools’ Day still a solid 16 hours or so away at the time of this writing, at least stateside, you have to wonder what kind of pseudo-scientific research Apteligent must have conducted to conclude iOS 9.3 is Apple’s “most stable new release in years.” Yes, more stable than all iOS 8 sub-versions, and less plagued by bugs and crashes than iOS 9.0, 9.1, 9.2, as well as Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Technically, the words “bug” or “glitch” don’t come up in the latest system stability report, with a neat graph merely comparing the crash rates of recent iOS iterations ...

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    An iPhone 5s rehashed on the outside but substantially improved under the hood. An iPhone 6s in 5s clothing. The iPhone 6s mini. Those all seemed like valid characterizations of the iPhone SE at a first glance, and taking a closer look at the new 4-incher’s internals confirms its myriad of 5s and 6s similarities. One thing the SE isn’t however is a 5s clone. There are plenty of post-2013-manufactured components on the table, starting with an SK Hynix 2GB LPDDR4 memory chip the teardown specialists over at Chipworks believe is the same the iPhone 6s uses. The iPhone SE clearly borrows ...

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    The day you’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived. Well, perhaps “all” is a bit of a stretch, since Apple’s newest 4-inch iPhone very much resembles the old one, failing to even come close to the pre-order numbers of the 6s, 6 or 5s back in the day. Still, there are plenty of folks at least curious about the iPhone SE, its fairly enticing US pricing structure, and any discounts and deals that Cupertino might have in store to further increase the diminutive handheld’s mainstream appeal. Enter T-Mobile, the first American carrier (or rather “Uncarrier”) to announce such ...

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    In case you’ve been wondering exactly what sort of tech consumers the iPad Pro is for, it’s apparently the creative types, productivity nuts always on the go, as well as… professional baseball players, managers and coaches. Wait, what? It’s true, as for once Apple seems to be taking a page from a rival’s advertising playbook, with an MLB sponsorship agreement that resembles the deals Microsoft and Samsung have in place with the NFL and NBA respectively. How about the NHL? Could we be seeing hockey thugs analyzing new techniques of knocking the teeth out of their opponents on ...

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    Oh, how it must sting that Apple needs law enforcement cooperation now, after so many adamant refusals of its own assistance in a very delicate and complex terrorist attack investigation! But hands down the most ironic thing about this point of Cupertino’s FBI dispute is the intelligence service can’t be compelled to disclose the hacking technique used on Syed Farook’s iPhone 5c. Tim Cook could always sue, which would be even more ironic, and argue a so-called “Vulnerabilities Equities Process” applies here. Unfortunately, that’s not exactly an official or legal act, but rather ...

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    While nowhere near as “active” as their Android-using counterparts in terms of Google Play download figures, owners of iPhones and iPads tend to spend consistently more during their App Store shopping sessions. That’s essentially an immovable truth no one can contest or argue with, its main justification being the popularity of free Android apps and the scarcity of similar iOS titles. But exactly how much do Apple and its sanctioned developers make off each App Store visitor? According to Sensor Tower Store Intelligence based on Consumer Intelligence Research Partners estimates and ...

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    To say that the rise of smartphones as navigation aids has also served to reduce driver awareness may be a bit of an understatement; how many times have you tuned out passing street signs or exit markers, competent that your phone's turn-by-turn app would finally speak up when it came time for you to take action? Whether or not this offloading of driver responsibility to apps is a good or bad thing is a discussion for another time, but today we're learning about one new tool that seeks to keep drivers better informed of the road on which they travel, as Waze picks up the ability to warn ...

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    Nintendo's first push into smartphones hasn't exactly been the huge turning point it could have been. There's no “Super Mario Touch” or other such title with instant must-have appeal, and the company is instead testing the waters with apps that feel less like classic Nintendo games, and more an extension of the Nintendo brand into the social-dominated mobile space. We saw the company's first effort premiere in Japan earlier this month, and now it's almost time for American smartphone users to get their own shot at joining in, as Nintendo prepares to release Miitomo in the US later this ...

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    Remember when artificial constraints on content were seen as empowering, helping to foster creativity? Twitter may have birthed its 140-character limit as a technical limitation designed to be SMS-friendly, but the idea of saying more with less has since become a keystone of the service – even when it would be trivial to increase the limit. Likewise, Vine originally made waves with its short-form video messaging, a move that sparked no shortage of competitors – including Instagram, with slightly longer 15-second videos. After a few years of doing things that way, Instagram's been ...

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    Sick of apps delivering one or two new features at a time? Does bringing us such new stuff in a piecemeal fashion make it easier to embrace changes, or leave us feeling like we're never quite caught up with new capabilities? Snapchat's not having any of that feature-of-the-week crap, and today reveals nothing less than a substantial change to how users communicate with its app, all under the banner of Chat 2.0. Don't let that label fool you into thinking that all of today's Snapchat improvements are chat-based, though a good number of them are. Admittedly, the non-chat stuff is a little ...

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    All’s well that ends well. But has the colossal Apple – FBI squabble on delicate matters like device encryption, data protection and counter-terrorism efforts really ended well for both parties involved? At least one? Not exactly, and ultimately, this long, contested battle will probably go down in the history books as a tie. On one hand, the Cupertino-based tech giant stood its ground against the US Department of Justice, and evaded any definitive laws passed in Congress forcing it to comply with court orders in cases of private information extraction from iDevices. On the other, law ...

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    How sweet would it be if you could wrap any smartphone, not just Motorolas and the OnePlus X, in elegant bamboo? What about tablets, laptops, even smartwatches and gaming consoles? Well, now you can once again, as acclaimed maker of the “most precision-fitted skins on the planet” dbrand reboots its wildly successful and previously short-lived series of bamboo covers. The sleek, premium-looking skins aren’t manufactured of actual wood, but no one will be able to tell the difference, and they’re going to fit your device like a glove. Whether you’re thinking of customizing a Galaxy ...

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    The past month and a half have been a wild one for Apple, the FBI, digital security pundits, and users concerned with their privacy, as we followed the government's efforts to break into an encrypted iPhone 5c handset involved in a terrorism case. Apple was initially ordered to produce software that would enable the FBI to easily brute force its way into the phone, but Apple fought back, preparing for a legal showdown with broad consequences. We were all ready to see Apple get its day in court last week, but at the last moment the government changed its tune, reporting that it may have ...

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    Hey, did you know that if you don't post a disclaimer to the opposite effect, Facebook is going to own the copyright on all your posts going forward? Wait, that's not how this actually works? But you saw so many other users posting about it!!! Bad information has a nasty habit of gaining momentum on social media, especially when users think they have to take rapid action in order to protect themselves. A couple weeks back, Instagram shared word that it was about to change the way post organization worked, prioritizing content its algorithms judge to be the most popular, and users have been ...

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