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    Yes, we know that Apple didn't invent the fingerprint scanner, nor was the company first at deploying it on mobile phones, but it's hard to deny that Cupertino did it best with the iPhone 5s. Today Touch ID has become so fast and practical that we even complain of its crazy speed at unlocking your iPhone 6s. Still, Touch ID is about more than just unlocking your phone, and a new Apple patent proves that. Apple has just filed a new patent called Fingerprint activation of a panic mode of operation for a mobile device, and the idea here is to give users an nifty way to protect their personal ...

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    Hacking a smartphone could be simply considered an act of mischief by some, but given the fact that almost every human on the planet relies on his or her communications and personal information to be part of the device, hacking a phone is actually more important than we thought. If we had to set that importance in numbers, it seems a company decided that it's important enough to warrant a $1 million bounty. Security startup Zerodium recently agreed to pay a bounty of one million U.S. dollars to any hacker team that would be capable of jailbreaking an iPhone remotely by tricking the user ...

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    Halloween approaches. You're meeting up with friends at the bar, all dressed up for some disorienting fun. So disorienting, you might drop your phone off somewhere strange. If some swiper is so inclined, he or she will have a better-than-half chance of cracking into your phone and compromising your data. Statistically, at least. Mobile security firm Skycure is out with its Q3 threat survey. We can't say that surveyors didn't threaten anyone in order for them to take the survey, because we didn't ask. In all seriousness, the first startling factoid hits us all hard: 52 percent of mobile ...

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    Apple is known for extremely logical and practical design with some of its products, and then the complete opposite for others in the sake of beauty. An example is the Apple Watch with the awkward play between the digital crown and the display since pressing the button leads home, or the old MacBook Pros with two USB ports you couldn't use together. Such is the case of the Apple Pencil which already made some negative headlines for the way you have to charge it, but that was only part of the story. If you remember, Apple's demo of how you charge the Apple Pencil by drawing power from the ...

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    Apple's approach to public betas has become quite a thing over the last couple of software releases. In the past iOS beta testing was just a benefit that developers could take advantage of, and that remained a solid practice until a year or so ago. Now public betas are not just a common thing, but also quite timely when compared to developer variants, and that's the case today. Apple has just launched iOS 9 Public Beta 1 to all, and as long as you already have the beta profile installed on your device, your software update section should start showing it at the moment. Those of you ...

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    Even though Apple has been reluctant to provide figures that back any sort of success for Apple Pay, we have to acknowledge that products like these take time. Apple's major hurdle in growing the business has to do with partners, as the acceptance of Apple Pay depends on users not needing to change banks for it. Today Cupertino has landed a major milestone by adding as many as 70 new banks to its service. As of today Apple Pay now supports this insane list of banks: Achieva Credit Union Alcoa Pittsburgh Federal Credit Union Alliance Credit Union AmeriServ Financial Bank APCO Employees ...

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    In this day and age where advertising is everything, it's always shocking to open Facebook and notice that the company's ads already know what I searched for a few minutes ago on Amazon. How these companies pull it off is a mystery for some, but as users, it's hard to not be freaked out by this. Many OEMs have spent years fighting the way user data is manipulated, and Apple has just found a new challenge. SourceDNA recently discovered that as many as 256 apps on Apple's App Store were collecting more data than what was allowed through private APIs. Apple has strict guidelines as to what ...

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    The key demographic of most high-profile tech companies should really be people aged 18 to around 49, like the target audience of popular TV shows, or even consumer goods corporations. After all, those are the folks with the money, energy, desire to spend, and ability to influence trends. But more often than not, teenagers seize the power to make or break a “hip” new product, with time on their side, little cash flow of their own, but great control over the adults that would do anything to please their whims. It’s therefore no coincidence the Apple Watch is still struggling to crack ...

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    With over 1.5 million broadcasters and around 100M monthly visitors as of January 2015, live gaming-focused video watching platform Twitch has become a worldwide phenomenon, despite back in the day playing second fiddle to now defunct Justin.tv. The Twitch.tv website is free for all PC users, no matter their OS of choice, and dedicated Android and iOS apps available as gratis downloads have undoubtedly helped build and expand the service’s great community of late. Parent company Twitch Interactive seems to have understood even the future of hardcore computer gaming telecasting depends on ...

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    If putting up with the "Apple Way" of doing a mobile operating system has you bored, the smartest thing to do for most is to Jailbreak it. Sadly as iOS has become more capable, it has also become less interesting to Jailbreak lately, even if the process has gotten much better. If you are already running iOS 9, it seems that as of today you're entitled to some fun. The Chinese research team that we currently know as PanGu has just released a Jailbreak for iOS 9. Now, the reason why we suggest you act fast is because this jailbreak only works on devices running iOS 9.0 and up to 9.0.2, and ...

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    While the recently reported saturation of the global smartphone décor may still be up for debate, with certain key markets offering room for growth, tablets have definitely reached their peak back in 2013. As phablets surged, both in screen size and mainstream popularity, and the race to the bottom came to a predictable standstill for Android slates, worldwide shipments in the sub-PC sector dramatically plunged last year. The expectation from various analysts was that tablets, led by unstoppable iPads, would slowly recover and marginally boost their box-office numbers in 2015 and 2016, ...

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    Apparently. when you tell two people to do the same job, no matter how detailed the instructions are, you might get some different results. In the case of Apple working with Samsung and TSMC, these three have had a history after a turbulent period where Samsung could've lost its whole Apple contract to TSMC. The two are in now in their current coexistence doing their own jobs. But some iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users on internet forums are finding out what kind of job each manufacturer has done with the A9 processors in each of them something of a quality grab-bag. With testing from ...

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    Even though iOS 9 was supposed to be about killing bugs and bringing stability to Apple's new mobile operating system, it seems this is not necessarily the case. Just as quickly as we received iOS 9, Apple immediately launched a minor update to deal with some of the last minute bugs. Today the company has done it again, and we kind of understand why. Apple has just launched iOS 9.0.2, and the list of bug fixes includes improvements for iCloud Backup, just in case you noticed how slow it was. We also notice that bug fixes were brought to iMessage activation, Apple’s Podcasts app, and the ...

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    "Android fragmentation." Two magical words that can boil the blood of any hardcore Android enthusiast. Words that paint the picture of an endlessly branching family tree of different phones with different software interfaces and different features, all falling under the same blanket term, "Android." Fragmentation has long been a criticism of the Android platform, raising concerns of slow updates and confusion amongst consumers, but maybe it's time for Apple users to finally start facing the same troubles. It feels like every year that we write this headline. Once the new iPhones are ...

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    To the surprise of no one the least bit familiar with Apple’s marketing tactics, yesterday’s big San Francisco keynote neglected to clear up the air in regards to one very important iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, iPad mini 4, and iPad Pro feature. iOS has been advertised time and time again as a highly optimized, silky smooth, and frugal platform that doesn’t need the ginormous RAM counts of Android smartphones and tablets to get by. As such, mum was the word during the introduction of the aforementioned iDevice quartet concerning memory. But hands down the most “professional”, ...

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    It's funny but we've been covering iPad Pro rumors since 2013. At this point we don't know what's taken Apple so long to launch this product, but rumors have gotten much stronger these last couple of months. Sources claim that we might see this product later this year, and today we find proof. Analyst firm Appsee claims that it has found concrete evidence to prove that the iPad Pro does exit. The company's data logs have found iPad model 6.8 already testing applications. You could say this could be just any iPad, but the fact that it's testing apps at a resolution of 2048 x 2732 is a clear ...

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    Even though Apple has seen a lot of success lately with the iPhone, the iPad has been a different story. iPad sales have been on decline for the last couple of quarters, making us wonder what Apple will do next. We thought Cupertino would come up with new consumer-oriented ideas, but instead we see a focus on business. An extensive article by The Wall Street Journal claims that Apple has partnered with as many as 40 tech companies in order to help raise the popularity of the iPad in business. Apple has partnered with small companies like Xero, Revel Systems and ServiceMax to collaborate on ...

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    The iOS 9 public beta marks the first pre-release software version Apple has officially made available to the public at large. This is the software we'll see on the next iPhone and iPad line, but of course it'll be made available for past iOS devices as well, so why not get familiar while it's still fresh? Let's take a look at some of the new features coming in iOS 9. [embed width="780" height="439"]http://youtu.be/IRfZhv5UJRE[/embed]

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    Even though ads can be annoying for some, there are some of us that buy a newspaper just for the ads. The key is to find a way to serve ads that users actually care about, as deals on your favorite tech store are always more welcome than deals on buying a pack of diapers. We've seen companies find ways to do a better job at targeting ads to your needs, but a new Apple idea seems to be controversial. A new Apple patent envisions using your bank account information and credit card status in order to serve you ads for products that you can afford. Obviously the main purpose for any sort of ...

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    As the tablet market continues on decline, OEMs are clearly desperate in trying to find ways to lift it up again. We've spent more than a year covering the possibility of a larger iPad Pro as Cupertino's solution to this problem. New rumors point to part of the company's action plan, and it seems to be quite drastic. New reports claim that Apple has decided to delay the iPad Air 3 refresh in order to focus on iPad Pro production, in addition to the rumored iPad mini 4 refresh. Sadly the source doesn't specify if Apple will simply retain the iPad Air 2 as the 9.7-inch variant that consumers ...

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    It’s been about two weeks since Apple Music made its debut on iOS. We’ve already given our first impressions, and highlighted some of its best features, but after having used it on an almost-daily basis, what’s the takeaway? Is Apple Music worth your time, or is it just another “me too” streaming service further condensing the market? My experience with Apple Music so far has been almost overwhelmingly positive. From the moment I first launched the app, and selected some of my favorite genres and artists, it’s felt like a personalized music experience made just for me. The ...

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    We've spent a great deal of 2015 and even 2014 covering rumors of a possible iPad Pro or iPad Plus in the works. For a minute there we thought the "New Macbook" killed the buzz, but that's far from reality. With the proximity of Windows 10 competition and a declining tablet market, Apple is in desperate need to reinvent its approach, and today we learn more. Digitimes is famous for getting most of its reports right, and this time we hear that Foxconn is preparing to start supplying components for this 12.9-inch tablet in late September, with a possible launch time in November. The source ...

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    Apple spent a great deal of time telling us how great iOS 9, watchOS 2 and OS X El Capitan will be when they launch in the fall. As such, the company has spent the last couple of weeks polishing its operating systems through three private betas that were only accessible to developers. One of our biggest questions was when would Apple launch the public beta of any of these, and the answer arrived today. Apple has just announced that it will launch the public beta of both OS X El Capitan, and iOS 9. It seems that the third beta that developers received was good enough for consumers, and it ...

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    Music streaming competition has existed for a while now, but it's not until the birth of Apple Music that we see competitors sending blows at each other. Spotify spent a great deal of time with both US and European antitrust investigators asking for help in stopping Apple from killing the freemium model we all currently enjoy. Obviously that was just the beginning, and today we learn of a new plan. Spotify will apparently contact customers who purchased their Premium subscription through iTunes. The email will give users the option to save $3 on their monthly premium fee, given the fact ...

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    We've been able to unlock our smartphones through face detection for a significant amount of years now, so long as you're using an Android phone of course. You'd assume this would be the most logical way to unlock your phone, given the fact that you're staring at it during this particular process. The biggest problem with this though is how inaccurate it can be, and Apple seems to be working on that for a future iPhone. Apple was just granted a new patent called “Low threshold face recognition,” which in its name alone is almost self explanatory. The patent focuses on “reducing the ...

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