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Android market share rising at the expense of iOS

Android market share rising at the expense of iOS

Android has been chipping away at iOS in terms of smartphone activations as Apple fans patiently wait for the megaton iPhone refresh coming towards the end of the year.
iOS 10 gets a new update, labeled 10.3.3, delivering improvements and fixes to iPhone and iPad

iOS 10.3.3 now official

After quite a few public beta releases, Apple iOS 10.3.3 is finally ready to deliver multiple bug fixes and improvements to all iPhone and iPad users who own one (or more) compatible device(s).
Samsung to supply Apple with 7 nm A12 SoCs for next year's iPhone

Samsung may supply Apple with 7 nm A12 SoCs for next year's iPhone

The South Korean manufacturer has purportedly struck another deal with Apple to provide both OLED panels and A12 SoCs.
Image source: Sequent Kickstarter

Sequent is a self-charging smartwatch on Kickstarter

By using a kinetic charging system, the Sequent smartwatch promises to be the world's first fitness tracker and smartwatch with an "infinite" battery life.
Qualcomm has faced legal challenges in the past, particularly anti-trust charges by the Federal Trade Commission. (Source: Qualcomm)

Qualcomm seeks ban on iPhone sales in the USA

Qualcomm has escalated an ongoing dispute with Apple by filing a complaint with the International Trade Commission (ITC), asking for a ban on import and sales of iPhones in the USA. Qualcomm claims that Apple is using non-standard intellectual property of theirs without fair compensation.
From its completion in 2004 until 2009, Taipei 101 was awarded the distinction of being the world's tallest building. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Apple opens first store in Taiwan at base of landmark skyscraper Taipei 101

Apple has opened its first store in Taiwan at the base of one of the world's tallest buildings, Taipei 101.
Ungrip, the gimmicky smartphone accessory that works

Ungrip, the gimmicky smartphone accessory that works

It looks rather gimmicky but admittedly does a good job of not letting gravity introduce your phone to your face while using it in bed.
Beat 'em up, retro style. (Source: Sega Forever)

Relive the games of yore with free Sega classics — now available on mobile

The Sega Forever Collection brings five of the best classics to relive the good ol' days.
Photo source: Virgin Mobile

Virgin Mobile goes iPhone-only and offers a year of unlimited talk, text, and data for $1

As part of their new Inner Circle service plan, the British-based MVNO will only sell iPhones. New customers can sign up and get unlimited talk, text, and data for an entire year for only $1.
The front looks good, yet there is no doubt many will be disappointed by their high expectations for the device. (Source: reddit/kamikasky)

Leak purports to show the first real face of the iPhone 8

A reddit user has allegedly revealed the front panel of the iPhone 8, and it looks more like the Essential Phone than a Galaxy S8 or iPhone.
Most apps send out some level of personal data to third parties. (Source: TechRadar)

Study reveals 70 percent of mobile app data is being shared with third parties

A recent study by a Spanish institute has just revealed that the majority of mobile apps used share data with third parties.
Huawei's upcoming flagship, the Honor 9, is set to be revealed before the end of the month. (Source: Huawei)

Leaping tiger: Huawei overtakes Apple in global smartphone sales

Huawei overtook Apple in global sales volume in December of 2016, according to Huawei India exec Allen Wang. This puts Huawei just behind Samsung in terms of numbers of handsets sold globally.
Third-party repair, such as that offered by popular YouTuber Louis Rossmann, is often preferable to having your device wiped and exchanged with a refurbished model by Apple. (Source: YouTube/Louis Rossmann)

Consumer watchdog accuses Apple of misleading customers about repairs

Australia's consumer watchdog is taking Apple to court over allegations that the company lied or misled customers about their rights as consumers under Australian law.
Source: Apple

WWDC 2017 | Apple announces HomePod smart speaker

The HomePod is a competent speaker built around Siri. The speaker can recognize where it's placed in a room in order to direct sound for a fuller, richer music experience. The speaker also includes full Siri interaction.
Source: Apple

WWDC 2017 | Apple shows off WatchOS 4 at WWDC

The updated OS brings some small tweaks, including a Siri-enabled watch face, better music management, and the ability to sync activity tracking to select exercise machines.
Source: Pokemon Go

The Pokemon Company catches huge boost in profits

Due to the success of Pokémon Go, The Pokémon Company saw their net profits jump from $5.6 million in 2015 to over $140 million in 2016.
Samsung and Apple cleaned house in the ACSI's 2017 Customer Satisfaction Survey. (Image: ACSI)

Apple and Samsung dominate 2017 American Customer Satisfaction Index

The two brands claimed every spot in the ACSI's top 20 smartphones ranked according to customer satisfaction.
An alleged final design dummy for the iPhone 8. (Source: Benjamin Geskin)

The iPhone 8 isn't here yet ... but the first iPhone 9 rumors are

Even before this year's iPhone gets an official unveiling, the rumor mill is starting to spin for its successor. A report claims that Samsung and Apple have struck a deal for two models of next year's "iPhone 9," including one model with a huge display.
Apple bills its iPhone as an "easier" alternative to Android. (Source: Apple)

Apple's "Switch" webpage gets overhauled, focuses on iPhone's advantages over Android

A revamped Apple webpage attempts to explain why switching to iPhone from Android makes sense. The page mentions improved performance, photography, and ease-of-use as benefits that iPhone users enjoy.
Apple finally passed the $800 billion mark in market cap at closing on Tuesday. (Image: Apple)

Apple hits $800 billion market valuation

The Cupertino Giant set a record at market close on Tuesday by eclipsing $800 billion in market capitalization, a first for any U.S. company.
More analysts showing Huawei well ahead of competitors in China

More analysts showing Huawei well ahead of competitors in China

Huawei knocks Oppo back to second place with Xiaomi inching closer to overtaking Apple in the Chinese smartphone market.
Slightly suggestive and one-hundred-percent inedible: the Banana Phone. (Source: Indiegogo)

You can now make calls from your smartphone via banana (yes, seriously)

Call your friends or talk to Siri, just don't eat it. The Banana Phone is the $40 accessory you definitely don't need—but that doesn't mean you shouldn't buy it.
Image source: Apple

Apple reduces commissions to App Store affiliates by 64%

Apple's App Store affiliates will now earn 2.5% for apps downloaded via their affiliate ID, down from 7%.
Garmin Vivosmart 3 fitness tracker now available for purchase

Garmin Vivosmart 3 now shipping

This fitness tracker features the Elevate wrist heart-rate technology with 24/7 hear rate monitoring, also being capable of determining the user's VO2 maximum level. Garmin's Vivosmart 3 has a suggested retail price of $139.99 USD.
Facebook Messenger reaches 1.2 billion monthly active users

Facebook Messenger reaches 1.2 billion monthly active users

After breaking the one billion users barrier back in May, Facebook Messenger moves to a whole new level and leaves behind the 1.2 billion users mark, also increasing the number of messages sent per active user.
Not dead yet: the iPhone 5 (and the 5C) will still receive OS updates.

Don't worry, iPhone 5 users: Apple plans to continue issuing updates to your device

A new report claimed that Apple was dropping support for the iPhone 5 and 5C with the latest iOS 10.3.2 beta update. It is now apparent that the two devices will be covered via a second version of the update.
Misfit Flare fitness tracker now available for $59.99 USD

Misfit Flare fitness tracker now official

This basic fitness tracker uses an aluminum frame and is waterproof up to 50 meters, offering up to six months of autonomy (it uses a replaceable CR1632 coin cell battery), as well as compatibility with Misfit App and Misfit Link App.
The Pebble smartwatch can still work even when disconnected from Pebble's servers. (source: Pebble)

New Pebble update allows smartwatch to keep ticking

The latest update to the Pebble app allows the smartwatches to continue functioning even when not connected to Pebble's servers.
A new polymer can heal itself in under 24 hours. (Source: Wang Polymer Research Group)

Self-healing touchscreens may be here by 2020

A new polymer developed by researchers at the University of California Riverside can stitch itself back together from a tear or scratch in under 24 hours. The research lead thinks the material could debut on smartphones by 2020.
The U.S. House of Representatives has signed the action to repeal FCC regulations concerning user privacy.

United States House of Representatives votes to allows ISPs to sell browsing history

Both the House and Senate have now voted to allow ISPs to sell the personal data of their customers. The measure will go before President Trump, who is expected to sign the bill into action.
LG TONE FREE wireless earbuds for Android handsets

LG TONE FREE wireless earbuds hit Best Buy

These headphones were unveiled back at CES 2017 in January, and now they are finally available for purchase. Best Buy has them up for sale both in stores and online, carrying a price tag of $199.99 USD.
iOS 10.3 is now available for download. (Source: Apple)

Apple iOS 10.3 now publicly available

The update brings a shift to Apple's new APFS file system, which should increase overall system performance and better allocate storage space. There are a few other changes as well.
Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus to be manufactured in India by May 2017 as well

Apple to start making iPhones in India this spring

Although the Indian government has not accepted most of Apple's demands for financial incentives, the Cupertino giant is expected to begin iPhone manufacturing in Bangalore by mid-May.
MyKronoz ZeTime hybrid smartwatch coming September 2017

MyKronoz ZeTime smartwatch coming in September

Advertised as the world’s first fully hybrid smartwatch, the Swiss ZeTime brings together a touchscreen and a mechanical watch, promising to offer up to a month of autonomy on a single charge.
Most Android phones in the US are running old security software. (Source: Skycure)

Most Android devices are running old security patches and could be vulnerable

A whopping 71% of Android devices in the United States run security patches that are 2 months old or older. This could leave them vulnerable to exploits made known in the latest security update logs.
Wikileaks says the CIA specifically targeted Apple products

Wikileaks says the CIA specifically targeted Apple products

The notorious activist group says that the CIA developed specialized tools to specifically target and infiltrate Apple products, namely Macbooks and iPhones. The tools have been in use since at least 2008.
Apple's patented design for a iPhone/laptop hybrid. (Source: USPTO)

Apple patents designs for iPhone and iPad laptop docks

A recently-published patent reveals Apple's design for an iPhone that docks into a laptop shell. Another similar design reveals a MacBook that uses an iPad as its display.
The iPhone SE now has double its original storage capacity. (Source: Apple)

Apple upgrades the iPhone SE's storage capacity

The iPhone SE's 16 GB and 64 GB models are upgraded to 32 GB and 128 GB, respectively. The more spacious model gets a $50 price increase, while the base model's price stays the same.
The original iPhone. (Source: iDownloadBlog)

Apple's iPhone 8 will look similar to the original iPhone

Industry officials claim that Apple's next iPhone will have a curved, all-glass back case. This design resembles the original iPhone, whose back case was also curved but made of aluminum. The new iPhone is expected to be larger and slimmer than the original though.
China has been facing criticism regarding economic policies viewed as unfriendly to many foreign companies. (Source: Karishma Sheth)

Apple invests US$500 million into opening two more Chinese R&D centers

Apple has announced it will open two more research and development centers in Suzhou and Shanghai. The two additional centers will join the existing two slated to open in Beijing and Shenzhen. The total cost of the investment will be at least US$500 million.
Alexa is now available to help in the Amazon iOS app. (Source: Amazon)

Amazon's Alexa comes to iOS

The digital assistant is currently only available in Amazon's own app and is somewhat limited in what it can do. However, it can still query information, order products, and control other connected devices in a smart home.
Apple iPhone sales make up almost 80 percent of the company's profits

Apple iPhone sales make up almost 80 percent of the company's profits

Samsung and Apple may be almost neck-to-neck in terms of smartphone market share, but it's the Cupertino company that takes home nearly all the profits to be made.
As of March 2017, about 97.2% of Android devices may be vulnerable to exploits in WikiLeaks' latest documents. (Picture source: Android Developers)

Google says it has patched exploits used by the CIA

Google is confident that the latest versions of Android and Chrome are not vulnerable to the hacking tools detailed in the latest Wikileaks dump. Older versions of the software, however, may still be vulnerable.
The 2018 iPhone could feature a high performance GPU based on a new architecture. (Source: Wikipedia)

New mobile GPU architecture could power the 2018 iPhone

Apple supplier Imagination Technologies announces new PowerVR mobile GPU architecture that they say will boast 35 percent GFLOPS density improvement, 80 percent fillrate density improvement for user interface and casual gaming, and 70 to 90 percent gaming density improvement. It could hit the market by the end of 2018.
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The "Weeping Angel" exploit tricks users into thinking the TV is powered off while it is actually on and recording. (Source: Samsung)

Wikileaks reveals trove of CIA hacking tools for iOS and Android-driven devices

WikiLeaks has released a trove of information revealing the range of the CIA's hacking exploits and cyber-ordinance, including malware to use Samsung smart TV's for surveillance.
Firefox v52 brings WebAssembly to the browser. (Source: Mozilla)

Firefox 52 released

The update brings WebAssembly, which brings near-native performance to web-based apps.
The iPhone 6 leads the failure rates, followed by the 6s. (Source: Blancco Technology Group)

Research firm finds iPhone failure rate increasing, eclipsing Android

Research firm Blancco has found that iPhones have become remarkably less reliable over the past five quarters. At the same time, Android phones have increased in reliability significantly.
Source: Verizon

Verizon will pilot 5G wireless speeds in the U.S. this year

The wireless giant will begin rolling out 5G connectivity in 11 urban centers during the first half of 2017. The new protocol will only be available to select customers.
Mac Otakara has stated that Apple may update their current iPad Pro and iPhone lines in March. (Source: Otakara)

Apple rumored to update iPad Pro, iPhones in March

According to Japanese website Mac Otakara, the Cupertino Giant will add several new sizes of iPad Pro and new colors to the iPhone SE and iPhone 7 lines.
Showtime Glass offers screen protection with some glitz. (Source: MOXYO)

Glitz and glam on the go: MOXYO Showtime Glass adds sparkle to your iPhone's screen

Showtime Glass is a tempered glass screen protector for iPhones. It has embedded glitter that "sparkles in any light condition" but is not visible when the display is on.

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Redaktion, 2013-05- 8 (Update: 2013-09-27)