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Microsoft purchases SwiftKey, states that iOS and Android versions will continue to be developed

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Date: Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016, 09:01
Category: Android, iOS, News, Software

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Microsoft confirmed via a blog post that the company will be buying SwiftKey, the developer of a popular software keyboard for Android and iOS phones—even though it already has its own software keyboard, Word Flow.

SwiftKey and Word Flow allow users to slide their finger from one letter of a keyboard to another, drawing the shape of the word while an analytical pattern works to identify the word they’re trying to type.

Microsoft’s executive vice president for technology and research, Harry Shum, confirmed the deal in a blog post Wednesday morning.

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Apple acquires security firm LegbaCore

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Date: Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016, 08:10
Category: security, Uncategorized

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When in doubt, buy one of the best security firms you can get your hands on.

Back in November of 2015, Apple quietly acquired security consultancy firm LegbaCore. The acquisition was initially revealed back in December by security researcher Trammell Hudson during a presentation at the 32C3 conference. The acquisition was further corroborated by a series of tweets from founder Xeno Kovah and the company’s website, which states that it is “not accepting any new customer engagements.”

The specific details are unclear, although Kovah and his partner Corey Kallenberg are working full-time at Apple, although their specific roles are unclear. Kovah only stated that he and Kallenbeg would be working on “low level security” at the company.

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Rumor: Apple to hold media event on March 15th, focus on iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch updates

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Date: Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016, 08:19
Category: Apple Watch, iPad, iPhone, Rumor, Wearables

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Apple’s next media event is rumored to take place on Tuesday, March 15th and is expected to cover a new 4-inch “iPhone 5se”, iPad Air 3 and Apple Watch updates.

Still, the date could change at the last minute, so things are up in the air.

Apple’s new 4-inch iPhone is rumored to feature an A9 chip with M9 motion coprocessor, 1,624 mAh battery, 1GB of RAM, Bluetooth 4.2, Apple Pay, VoLTE, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and 16GB and 64GB storage models, but 3D Touch appears unlikely.

The “iPhone 5se” is rumored to ship in late March or early April and will likely replace the iPhone 5s. Apple is also expected to release the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models this September.

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Google posts record profits, highlights Alphabet holding company details

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Date: Monday, February 1st, 2016, 14:26
Category: Finance, Google, News

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Google just turned in some amazing quarterly numbers.

Alphabet, Google’s holding company, reported its fourth quarter earnings on Monday, the first ever in two segments, with separate figures its core business and its motley moonshots.

Google altogether beat expectations, reporting net revenue, minus partner site payout, of $17.3 billion on $8.67 earnings per share. Wall Street was looking for something around $16.9 billion on $8.10 in profit.

More important to Wall Street’s concerns, Google was able to show a meaty profit margin, especially when its costly venture projects are stripped away.

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FCC allows LTE-U network testing through Verizon, Qualcomm

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Date: Monday, February 1st, 2016, 14:32
Category: iPad, iPhone, News, wireless

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A faster cellular network architecture is en route for your iOS device.

The FCC has approved additional testing of a cellular technology called LTE-U, controversial because it can operate over the same bands as Wi-Fi routers.

Qualcomm will now be able to test LTE-U hardware at two Verizon facilities. The firms are among those arguing that LTE-U can be more efficient than regular LTE and won’t interfere with Wi-Fi.

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Leaked iPad Air 3 casing images hint at Smart Connector, new camera layout, additional speakers

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Date: Monday, February 1st, 2016, 08:38
Category: Hardware, iPad, Rumor

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It’s the leaks that keep things interesting.

Asian Mac site Macotakara recently found an image of what could be the iPad Air 3 casing. The leaked case design suggests some of the potential new design changes that the iPad Air 3 could feature when it launches to the public.

The leaked image shows what appears to be a cutout for the Smart Connector. Apple first introduced this connection with the iPad Pro, using it for a more stable and reliable connection for things like keyboards. This case leak suggests that Apple plans to add the Smart Connector to the iPad Air lineup with the March revision.

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Rumor: Apple working with partners to develop wireless charging feature for next-gen iOS devices

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Date: Friday, January 29th, 2016, 11:42
Category: battery, Hardware, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Rumor

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It’s about time for wireless charging to come to your iOS devices.

That being said, Apple is rumored to be working with partners in the U.S. and Asia to develop new wireless charging technology that could be deployed on its mobile devices as soon as next year, according to sources close to the story.

Apple is exploring cutting-edge technologies that would allow iPhones and iPads to be powered from further away than the charging mats used with current smartphones, the sources said, asking to remain anonymous. Apple is apparently looking to overcome technical barriers including loss of power over distance with a decision on implementing the technology still being assessed.

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Rumor: Bank of America, Wells Fargo, building Apple Pay support into ATMs

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Date: Friday, January 29th, 2016, 08:48
Category: Apple Pay, Finance, Hardware, Rumor

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Apple Pay is coming to assorted Bank of America and Wells Fargo ATMS.

An anonymous source close to the story has stated that Bank of America and Wells Fargo are working on implementing Apple Pay into their ATMs. Both companies are said to have engineers working on the technology that would likely allow Apple Pay to be used at an ATM in place of a physical debit card.

When questioned about the possibility of Apple Pay at ATMs, Wells Fargo head of ATMs Jonathan Velline suggested the information was accurate and that Wells Fargo was working on adding support for mobile wallets that would meet all of its customers needs.

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Cirrus Logic CEO offers hints as to possible audio technologies for next-gen iPhone

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Date: Friday, January 29th, 2016, 08:54
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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Following up on the rumor that the iPhone 7 will drop the headphone jack, Jason Rhode, the CEO of known audio supplier Cirrus Logic, made a few interesting comments that only add to the flames:

There are definitely people considering putting [it] in box … any time somebody talks about adding content inside a box, inside the box it ships with the phone, you can imagine the agonizing that goes into any additional micro-penny that gets added to the box.

Noise-canceling headphone technology has also been rumored for the next-gen iPhone headphones.

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Rumor: iPad Air 3 to incorporate “4K” display, improved battery life, will enter mass production in second quarter

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Date: Thursday, January 28th, 2016, 08:59
Category: Hardware, iPad, Rumor

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They’re just rumors at this point, but they point to some fairly cool stuff about the iPad Air 3.

As of now, it’s been said that Taiwanese touch panel makers General Interface Solution and TPK will share production of a third-generation “4K” iPad Air set to debut in March.

The same sources claim that in addition to a 4K resolution touch panel, Apple’s new 9.7-inch tablet will feature up to 4GB RAM and improved battery life, and is scheduled to enter mass production in the second quarter of 2016.

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