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    When Apple first got sales started of the first-gen Apple Watch last spring, how many of you said, “that's cool, Apple, and I like that you're finally getting into this smartwatch thing, but I'ma sit this round out, let you work out the kinks, and drop my cash on your second-gen model when that one comes out?” We don't blame you, especially considering how much Apple was asking users to pay for its wearable, but even with no new hardware out yet, we've already seen some important improvements come to the Apple Watch in the form of watchOS updates – most recently in the form of ...

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    The “if” of the AMOLED iPhone equation no longer feels like a question mark, as the display technology is definitely the industry’s future (and for the most part, current) gold standard, but the “when” and the “who” remain largely up in the air. What’s etched in stone is this year’s new iPhones, the 7, 7 Plus and 6c, 7c or 5e, will continue to use IPS LCD panels, with Apple still working on component-producing partnerships and funding for said collaborators to ramp up their mass-manufacturing capabilities and modernize their equipment. Never a fan of an ...

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    Change can be difficult, and despite how much some Apple fans may not want it to be true, it's sounding more and more possible that the next iPhone could launch without a traditional analog headphone jack, going the all-Lightning route for the phone's wired connectivity options. That threatens to present us with a pretty big adjustment to make, but it may not be alone in changes Apple's cooking up for the iPhone 7's audio system. At least, a newly published Apple patent suggests that the company's also been working on ways to engineer itself a better smartphone speaker, one able to fit in ...

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    Even though it only became commercially available stateside in late April, slowly expanding worldwide in the next few months, and many analysts drew attention to its less-than-stellar sales results, the Apple Watch remarkably managed to conquer over 50 percent of the 2015 smartwatch market. That’s at least according to Juniper Research, and if you take into account similar studies issued by other firms in the recent past, you’ll likely find the numbers check out. IDC, for instance, predicted global shipments would reach 21.3 million units during the last 12 months between all ...

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    Motorola and Verizon claim a smartphone display cracks every 2 seconds somewhere in the gadget-dominated world, and around 37 percent of all mobile users have damaged their screens at some point in history. If you’re among the hundreds of millions of people afflicted by this plague, you already know how expensive a cure can get if the glass wounds aren’t covered by your standard warranties, oftentimes prompting premature “upgrades.” Of course, you’re always free to add special device protection to your wireless plan stateside, but generally, you have to decide shortly after your ...

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    We’re only a week or two away from Apple’s detailed financial report of the just-ended holiday quarter, and iPhones could post a new all-time record… or their first yearly drop in history. It’s close, but Gene Munster, the managing director and senior research analyst at Piper Jaffray, expects the former scenario to materialize, as unit shipments may have topped 75 million after all. Still, that would largely mark box-office stagnation for Cupertino’s main cash cow, which should generate quarterly revenues of around $77 billion. Stagnation is better than a decline, but ...

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    Getting a new smartphone is one of the great joys of life (our lives, anyway), but moving all your stuff over to that new phone can pose a huge headache: pictures, apps, contacts, and all that jazz. It can be tricky enough between phones on the same platform (though that's gotten much easier in recent years), but when you're crossing OS lines, all bets are off. A few days back, a report emerged claiming that Apple was developing a tool to make it easier for iOS users to jump ship for Android, supposedly at the request of European carrier operators and regulators. Now Apple's speaking up ...

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    Slowly but surely, the cars we drive are learning to play nicely with the phones we carry. Maybe it started with Bluetooth support several back, and now we're finally seeing some much more fleshed-out vehicle integration, and a huge chunk of that is thanks to the platform-level support we see from the likes of Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay. And while this represents a very exciting time for those of you who consider yourself gear-heads as much as phone-junkies, getting started with one of these systems can be a bit of a daunting task, especially if you don't know which new cars support ...

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    Apple's still working away at preparing iOS 9.2.1 for a formal release, after getting its first beta out a little under a month ago, but a company as large as Apple doesn't just have one build in the pipeline: as we wait for 9.2.1, today Apple's getting started on iOS 9.3, seeing the first beta to devs along with betas of El Capitan 10.11.4, tvOS 9.2, and watchOS 2.2. What's new? Well there are a bunch of app updates, including improved Apple Watch support in Health, Touch ID authentication for Notes, and algorithmic and video improvements to News. We also see the debut of a new night mode ...

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    The success or failure of a mobile service hinges on its user base: no matter how good your offering is, if no one's using it, it's going to be hard to justify keeping it running. As such, user metrics are hugely important in evaluating these services – and more than having numbers, we need to be sure we have correct ones. Recently, Apple's been talking about the number of users for both Apple Music and the Apple News app, and while it's good news for the former, things are a little wonky with the latter. Apple Music has been around for only about half a year at this point, but it's ...

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    Everybody’s got an opinion on Apple’s prospective lower-end, lower-cost metal iPhone due out this spring. The only things tipsters seem to agree on are the premium build (though there’s still time for that to change as well), and compact 4-inch form factor. The market moniker also appeared etched in stone at one point, but then, 6c turned to 7c and now 5e. That’s certainly random, and it supports the unsubstantiated nature of all this gossip. Gossip, guesswork, call it however you want, the fact of the matter is we know nothing for sure. Does the iPhone 5e have an odd ring to it? ...

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    In addition to iPhones, which are single-handedly responsible for a mind-blowing 94 percent of global handheld profits, the rapidly growing Apple Watch, perpetually beloved Macs, and the slow-starting but potential-brimming iPad Pro, the world’s most lucrative tech business can also rely on its iOS App Store for a solid chunk of change. How solid? To the tune of $20 billion a year, according to Cupertino’s latest press release, although that obviously accounts for developer payments and other expenses too. Still, $20 billion sales of apps and in-app items in 2015 alone should solidify ...

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    If you were to split the increasingly diverse wearable landscape into categories, you’d have full-fledged smartwatches in a corner, basic fitness trackers in the opposite space, and starting today, “watches that are smart.” Not smartwatches, mind you, with the Razer Nabu Watch seemingly advertised as a digital chronograph which just so happens to integrate various intelligent functions, as well as activity tracking, and an important social characteristic that however couldn’t save the Nabu smartband from market indifference. This time, Razer appears to have learned its lesson, ...

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    Luca Todesco (qwertyqoruiop on Twitter) has apparently manage to achieve an iOS 9.2.1 Jailbreak, if the screenshot he posted (above) is to be believed. It shows Cydia running on an iPhone 6, powered by iOS 9.2.1. However, the tweet is accompanied by Todesco's not so reassuring promise that the jailbreak will not be released, at least for now. That, however, doesn't mean that you won't see a working iOS 9.2.1 jailbreak soon, as Todesco might either change his mind, or he might just pass along the information to another team who would release the jailbreak. Meanwhile, other teams are working ...

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    Probably for the first time in iPhone history, financial analysts and market researchers are talking not of continuously improving box-office records, but rather shrinking orders and slumping mainstream popularity for a new model, likely leading to an early launch of the diminutive 6c, and possibly a premature iPhone 7 turnaround too. But let’s try to keep in mind the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus did get off to a flying start back in September, and alongside previous generations, they remain the most active mobile devices when it comes to e-sales. So active that they reportedly crushed their ...

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    It’s getting harder and harder for the smaller names in the increasingly competitive activity tracker business to take on beloved veterans like Fitbit, Jawbone, Garmin or even Misfit, but you can’t turn a blind eye to software innovation, especially when combined with very solid hardware. At first glance, the just-announced Mio Slice fitness band greatly resembles a dozen or so other low-cost wearables, including Microsoft’s latest, the Garmin Vivofit 2 and Vivosmart. It’s circular, it’s got a curved, little, colorful screen, it shows the time, stats, goals and notifications from ...

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    Fossil, the well-known and respected American designer and manufacturer of traditional watches, jewelry and fashion accessories, is betting big on intelligent wearables all of a sudden, recently purchasing the up-and-coming Misfit activity tracker specialist, and taking the wraps off a homebrewed Q range of smart bracelets and smartwatches. At CES 2016, the Android Wear-powered Fossil Q Founder and much “dumber” Q Grant timepiece get a little brother, dubbed Q54 Pilot and obviously inspired by the classic Pilot 54 chronograph stainless steel watch, as well as “vintage aviation.” ...

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    Tired of living in Fitbit and Jawbone’s shadows, 2011-founded wearable manufacturer Misfit has considerably upped the functionality ante for the second-generation Shine last fall, also finally tweaking its overused designs for the minimalistic, versatile Ray this beginning of the year. Likely invigorated by the recent Fossil acquisition, the fitness and health specialist wastes no time in taking your money for the new “uniquely wearable” device, which will start shipping and hit physical US stores at some point in the spring. Though priced at the same $100 as the Shine 2, the Misfit ...

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    If you're an iPhone or an iPad user, chances are you have, at least once in your life, tried to find a solution to hide (if not uninstall) some of the apps that Apple bundles with its devices. Well, for those of you who are brave enough to live the Jailbreak way, this might not be big news, but, for all the others, it's one more reason for joy. No jailbreak is needed for this little trick/hack to work, and it is persistent until you restart your iPhone or iPad. This isn't, obviously, the best solution users were hoping for, and we're pretty sure it's also not what Tim Cook had in mind when ...

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    Since the plastic iPhone experiment failed miserably in the fall of 2013, it made perfect sense for Cupertino to hold off and ultimately rethink the otherwise inevitable 5c sequel. Increasingly credible rumors now hint at a spring 2016 iPhone 6c release with a compact 4-inch form factor, premium metal body, and wide palette of colors. If you had trouble imagining such a provocative new handheld, 3D artist and fan photographer Ferry Passchier just put together a high-resolution gallery of mockups starring a handsome, robust and stylish little iPhone that takes design cues from the 5s, 6 and ...

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    Was Apple smart to merely add an “s” to the names of the 2014 iPhones, despite the 2015 generation bringing plenty of hardware upgrades to the table? Granted, you have to figure the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will look different on the outside from the 6s and 6s Plus, but a number of internal improvements are also required to justify the moniker bump. Fortunately, Cupertino might be prepping just the right enhancements, at least according to “supply chain sources” over in China, poised to keep the lights on longer, as well as feed the addiction of the most frenetic digital hoarders. ...

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    What would we do without rumors, guesswork, conjecture, gossip, and speculation? I’ll be the first to admit my work would be a lot trickier if I were to report merely hard facts, the occasional product launch, earnings call, and tedious press statements from companies. How about you? Can you imagine just seeing the Galaxy S7 debut sans any background information, checking its reviews, then switching off the interwebs rumor bonanza until the “next big thing” goes official? Who would ever want to live in a world like that? Instead, we’re going to find ourselves debating every little ...

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    Aside from being able to turn your standard iPhone into a “Pro” device with a remarkable suite of productivity software, Microsoft wants to deepen its involvement in Windows Phone-competing platforms, proving it can also be fun in addition to serious. The aptly titled Microsoft Selfie iOS app aims to take advantage of Apple’s first 5MP “FaceTime” cameras, transforming “average photos into more presentable portraits in seconds.” Almost too presentable, if you ask us, as the numerous filters and beautification features tend to make the subject of your selfies unrecognizable. ...

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    What do you look forward to in the new year? If you're one of those people who loves to be super-on-top of your finances, you may have jumped on the opportunity to get your 2015 filing ready far in advance of its due date – just one less thing to worry about, right? But not everyone's so eager to hand over their fare share to the government's coffers, and right now Apple finds itself in the hot seat as it cuts a big check in order to ease tensions while an Italian investigation into under-reported income unfolds. Italy's looking into allegations that from 2008 through 2013, Apple failed ...

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    Technically, the holiday season isn’t over yet. But for the most part, holiday shopping has come to a halt, booze and fireworks notwithstanding. Hence, it’s as good as time as any to assess the box-office feats of today’s most popular or controversial gadgets during the most critical three-month period of the year. As you might expect, the Apple Watch’s Q4 2015 sales figures look just as bittersweet as Q2 and Q3 scores, with some analysts deeming them disheartening, and others putting them in a cheerful perspective. What’s pretty much set in stone is the “iWatch” once again ...

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