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    If you follow me on Twitter, you might’ve seen that I recently had my phone stolen for the first time. It was bound to happen after seven years of smartphone ownership without a hitch, and it certainly wasn’t in the way I would’ve expected it to eventually happen. Long story short, I was working with a customer at my day job, and the son of another customer who had been waiting in line had swiped my phone from off of the charger on our consultation desk while I wasn’t looking. Well. I can cross "phone stolen" from my list of firsts. — Hayato Huseman (@hayatohuseman) May 23, 2015 ...

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    Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review. Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity. For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not ...

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    Apple's World Wide Developer Conference is one of the company's biggest events of the year. The company is definitely famous for its hardware, but you'll remember the late Steve Jobs claiming that Apple saw itself as a software company primarily, and this is the show floor for us to see what Cupertino plans in that department for the next twelve months. So far we've heard a ton of rumors surrounding iOS 9 and the future of OS X, and some of these point to similar offerings to what Android gives users with Google Now. We've also heard other rumors regarding Apple's plan to revamp its music ...

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    If you want to do business through one of the companies behind the major smartphone platforms – whether that's selling your apps, music, movies, or whatever content you're in the business of making – that means getting comfortable with the idea of forking over a more-than-generous portion of your income to those gatekeepers. Right now, the magic number for many companies is the 70/30 split, with 30 percent of revenue going to the Apples and Googles of the world. While that poses a very lucrative arrangement for them, it doesn't always seem quite so fair to the devs and artists out ...

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    We've been thinking a lot about the connected home lately, especially with the arrival of the first Apple HomeKit-compatible hardware and word that more HomeKit news could be in store for WWDC next week. Google's got its own interests in smart home tech, as it made abundantly clear last year when it spent $3.2 billion acquiring Nest. Now we're wondering what's next for that company as we get word of announcements due in a couple weeks, with rumors of new hardware on the agenda. Nest already has its smart thermostat, fire/CO2 alarm, and now owns Dropcam. Rumors suggest that rather than ...

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    Even though the remainder of the true Nokia from Finland has claimed that it might sell its HERE Maps services, it hasn't stopped the company from fully supporting the service in every way. We've seen the service expand to other platforms lately, and it keeps adding more and more features with each update. Today the company has announced a new major update to the platform, but the amount of changes is more in context than in a level of service improvements. Nokia claims that it has just pushed "millions" of changes to its HERE Maps apps for iOS, Android and Windows Phone, but these changes ...

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    We're a month removed from Microsoft's Build conference, and even though Google I/O is still fresh on our minds, we're already looking forward to the season's next big platform event, with Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference welcoming attendees this coming Monday, June 8. But before the doors open at San Francisco's Moscone Center, and all the latest news about Apple software, hardware, and services starts arriving, we want to take one last look back at what we've heard so far: what's likely to be announced, what might not make the cut, and all the rumors concerning what's on the menu ...

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    Even though many sources claim that the Apple Watch is a success in sales, we still don't have solid information to back that up. What we do know is that Cupertino has struggled to meet consumer demand for the watch, so much so that people that ordered it on preorder date are still waiting for their unit. Apple has decided to give users an official statement on the matter, and today we learn more. Apple has just confirmed that the Apple Watch will all orders placed through May should reach customers within the next two weeks. The only exception to this is the Apple Watch 42 mm Space Black ...

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    Earlier this week, the world first got to check out Hound, the hugely ambitious voice-based search service from the minds behind SoundHound. Demonstrations sure suggested that Hound could be a force to be reckoned with, easily parsing even very complicated queries full of contextual references, but is it as really as good as the official demos made it out to be? It's still tricky to get some time playing around with Hound – the app remains an invite-only Android affair – but a just-published video hands-on suggests this really might be as good as it looks, with the service answering ...

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    Last week we told you about the progress the new color-screened Pebble Time was making towards getting into the hands of buyers, not only learning about upcoming pre-orders for regular retail sales, but also of shipments on their way out to Kickstarter backers. And by now, plenty of those backers have received their orders, and they're all ready to start trying out their new wearables. Or, at least, they would be, if they had access to the corresponding smartphone app. Despite Pebble's efforts, the iOS Pebble Time app isn't yet available, and the company spends a moment today explaining ...

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    "The Internet of Things" seems to be a big deal recently, as more companies continue to provide manufacturers with options to make home appliances smarter. The biggest problem so far is that manufacturers haven't really adopted any solution quickly, and then there's the price tag challenge that consumers face later. Still, we do see Google going crazy with things like Project Brillo, and then there's Apple's HomeKit, which is apparently going to get smarter with a new development. Apple has just published a new support document that claims that the third-generation Apple TV or later will ...

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    Apple Maps is not only the company's biggest flop in history, but also the most resilient. Cupertino is famous for putting its flops to sleep quickly, but oddly this particular service has stuck around, even after the dismissal of its creator Scott Forstall. Apple has actually done a thing or two to improve the service over time, and even with some of the rumored improvements that we heard for iOS 9, it seems that there is a broader plan at hand. Apple has a new job posting for its Apple Maps department, and the listing is clear in that the company is searching for a "Maps JavaScript ...

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    Apple may not be famous for following the trend of QHD displays with its latest flagships, but then again, that hasn't always been the way Apple has done things. We do remember Apple leapfrogging competitors with the move to a Retina Display on the iPhone 4 a few years ago, and the company has retained that standard ever since. That being said, it's clear that Cupertino has learned a thing or two about paying attention to consumers and its competitors with the iPhone 6, and we hear more changes with the iPhone 6s. New sources from China claim that Apple might be boosting the display ...

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    Apple's World Wide Developer Conference is definitely one of Cupertino's most important events of the year. We did see Steve Jobs announce a few iPhones during this event back in the day, but the fact that the company uses this event to announce major updates to its software experiences is just as important. If you're planning to keep an eye on what Apple announces, the company just made it easier for you to tune in. Apple has just made it official that it'll be live streaming its WWDC 2015 keynote on June 8. The company's website was recently updated to confirm that you can watch it from ...

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    Apple's hobby with the Apple TV has proven to be quite resilient over the last couple of years. Cupertino has done its best to drop the price of the hardware, and even add options like HBO GO to sweeten the pot for those in the market for a streaming hub. We'v heard that Apple has some major plans to reinvent the TV with a new subscription service, but it seems you'll just have to wait. Sources close to the matter claim that Apple's negotiation with TV services is still not finalized, and it will delay the rumored possible launch at WWDC. Apple's negotiations are rather complex as the ...

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    Spend enough time interacting with your smartphone, taking advantage of intelligent software that seems to anticipate your needs, and the rest of the hardware in your life can start to seem a little, well, dumb. Why can't your coffee maker know when you could use a fresh cup as easily as Google Now can realize it should give you a heads-up about how a traffic jam threatens to make you late for an appointment? Thankfully, plenty of companies are looking to fix that, including Apple with its HomeKit platform. Announced last year, we recently heard some rumors that commercial availability ...

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    At a time when music labels are already enjoying the economical benefits of the music freemium model, Apple is clearly desperate to regain its supremacy in this department. Previous rumors have even claimed that Cupertino has tried to use its current leverage to get music labels to drop the model in order for the company's plan to survive. For now what we know is that the service might be called Apple Music, and today we learn more about the company's plan. New sources mention that Apple is in talks with music celebrities like Drake, Pharrell Williams and even David Guetta in a plan to ...

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    Buying any flagship smartphone these days is an expensive proposition, no matter what brand you're acquiring. iPhones are specially notorious for being expensive pieces of hardware, and especially if you desire more than the entry-level 16GB of storage options. Carrier subsidies have always been the best option for US consumers to gain access to new iPhones, but it seems that's about to change. Trusted sources claim that Apple has just informed its employees that it will be dropping AT&T carrier subsidies this month of June, but the reasons for the change weren't announced. Consumers ...

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    Yesterday brought us the announcement of Android Pay, Google's new system for integrating mobile payments at a deeper level throughout the company's platform. If you're already a heavy Google Wallet user, it probably sounded pretty good, but some of the details may have given you pause. For instance, Android Pay won't require users to manually start up its app, and instead will go active whenever you unlock your phone. Well, fine, but what if you don't use a lockscreen at all? Will Android Pay still work for you? We're waiting to find out, but now we've got one fewer reason to be ...

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    Have your “friends” been having fun crashing your iPhone all week? The other day we shared with you word of a super-annoying denial-of-service attack that was affecting iOS devices, whereby a specially-crafted text sent to iMessage could crash your iPhone when received. With the potential to be extremely disruptive, we've been on the lookout for a workable fix. Today Apple responds to the issue with word of development on a software update, as well as a workaround that can help restore full system functionality. Apple's formal fix is coming – it just isn't here quite yet, and there's ...

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    At the Google I/O keynote earlier today, Google announced an upgrade we've been looking forward to for a few weeks now, sharing word of the revamped Google Photos. From how you save pictures, to how you search through them, there's a lot changing in this new release, and you're not going to have to wait for Android M to get it. Just hours after its public launch, the new Photos is available now, ready for you to download. While you're free to keep using Drive storage to save full-quality images to the cloud (and counting against your storage allotment), the new Photos introduces a ...

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    Apple Pay has done its fair share of damage when it comes to making mobile payments a thing. Cupertino hasn't necessarily succeeded, but statistics have proven that it has had better luck than Google, in addition to other competitors. We've heard rumors that the service will make it to China and Canada soon, but we also hear of new changes to come. Reports claim that Apple will launch Apple Pay 2.0 at WWDC 2015, even though specifics of what we're getting weren't mentioned. Apple has shown some interest in acquiring certain mobile payment startups, but nothing has been made public yet. ...

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    Apple's Force Touch technology has certainly made a big boom since it became public with the Apple Watch, and Apple's new MacBook. Many of us still find it confusing to determine when an Apple Watch has this command option, but it is cool to have a sort of right-click function on such a small display. We've heard conflicting rumors on this technology reaching the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, mainly because most of these claimed it to be an iPhone 6s Plus exclusive. Trusted supply chain sources now claim that Apple has already made up its mind, and will bring Force Touch to both the iPhone ...

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    Last year at I/O, Google introduced Cardboard, its low-cost 3D viewer for smartphones. Today it's opening the next chapter in the Google Cardboard story, starting off with the announcement of a new viewer. Fan of phablets? The new Cardboard has your name on it, with support for phones with screens up to six inches in diagonal. Input gets improved with the addition of a new physical button that promises to work with any phone under the sun. Assembly is also streamlined, now taking only three main steps, down from a dozen with the original model. Partners are already working on new viewer ...

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    Ever since the old Froyo days, Google Maps has proven to be one of the most useful tools for Android devices. As such, we’ve seen a ton of momentum in how Google updates and brings new services to its Maps application. We really weren’t expecting to see much announced today at Google I/O, but boy were we wrong. On one hand, Google has just announced that its Transit services will now support more cities, like Mexico City, in addition to other cities within India. Now the coolest announcement is that Google Maps will now bring more functionality when offline. At the moment you can only ...

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