iPhone 6 clones almost perfectly mimic an Apple device

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Date: Tuesday, August 5th, 2014, 08:01
Category: Android, Apple, Hardware, iOS, iPhone 6, User Interface

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Apple may have a new competitor to its upcoming 4.7 inch iPhone 6, but now they’ll have to compete against their own designs. Some sources have been reporting that iPhone 6 “clones” are showing up in China that closely resemble the so-called iPhone 6 prototypes that have been leaked. One such reporter, Danny Winget, got his hands on one and created a video showing off the device. The device looks like it is running iOS (although he keeps saying iOS 8, I don’t see anything indicating this instead of iOS 7), but the device is in fact running a version of Android with an impressive iOS makeover.

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Apple falls to third place behind Google, Roku in U.S. streaming device market

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Date: Friday, July 11th, 2014, 06:30
Category: Apple TV, News, retail

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As much as you may love and adore your Apple TV, it’s fallen to third place in sales next to its competitors.

Per Gigaom, Google sold 3.8 of its Chromecast streaming devices in 2013, making the device about as popular as Roku’s streaming devices.

Roku and Chromecast were the two most successful streaming devices sold in the U.S. in 2013, according to new data from Parks Associates, which puts Apple TV on third place.

Google sold an estimated 3.8 million Chromecast streaming sticks after introducing the product in mid-2013, according to Parks, which also estimates that this about equals Roku’s sales throughout 2013. Apple, on the other hand is trailing, having sold just a bit more than two million devices in the U.S. last year, according to data shared by Parks.

Still, the global picture might prove a little rosier for Apple, which has sold more than 20 million Apple TV units since its introduction in 2007, whereas Roku’s total sales since its launch were 8 million by the end of 2013.

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South Korea may inspire global App Store policy change

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Date: Wednesday, July 9th, 2014, 08:52
Category: Android, App Store, Apple, Apps, Developer, iOS, iPhone, Legal, Mobile Phone, Software

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According to CNETSouth Korea’s Fair Trade Commission (FTC) has ordered Google and Apple to remove specific clauses pertaining to refunds contained within applications’ terms and services on both Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store (for iPhone and iPad). The Commission declared that the clauses were, “explicitly unfair and responsible for damages to the consumer”.

In a press release, South Korea’s FTC said;

‘‘We expect the measure, aimed at protecting consumers, will have a ripple effect on similar cases throughout the world.”

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Apple apparently assembling team of speech-recognition experts to create neural network-powered Siri

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Date: Tuesday, July 1st, 2014, 10:16
Category: News, Software

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It’s time to have a more meaningful chat with Siri.

Per Wired, Apple is apparently assembling a team of A-list speech recognition researchers, including high-ranking employees from Nuance, to create an in-house Siri engine based on neural networking.

The article states that Apple has created a group of software engineers and researchers from Nuance, the firm responsible for Siri’s voice-recognition functionality, as well as other companies to work toward a next-generation backbone for the virtual assistant.

The publication points to a number of Apple hires over the past few years, including Nuance’s former vice president of research Larry Gillick and Gunnar Evermann, who is currently working as Siri’s speech project manager.
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Rumor: Apple could announce home automation technologies at WWDC

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Date: Tuesday, May 27th, 2014, 11:36
Category: Hardware, Rumor, Software, WWDC

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It may not be a complete “Jetsons” future, but it might be Apple automating parts of your home.

And it might be announced as early as next week at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.

Per The Mac Observer and Financial Times, anonymous sources have told the Financial Times that Apple will unveil its plans on June 2 in front of developers and the media. Apple will introduce a new platform for controlling in-home devices such as lights, appliances, and security systems that will also tie in to a new version of Apple TV to be introduced later this year.

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A quick look at Qualcomm’s Toq Smartwatch

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Date: Tuesday, May 27th, 2014, 09:50
Category: Accessory, Android, Hardware, Wearables

People were pretty disappointed to hear that Apple wasn’t planning to introduce or speak about any new hardware at WWDC, so an iWatch may still be a ways off…or a complete surprise. With no signs of an Apple smartwatch on the horizon, other companies are trying to get the jump on the watch market. Among the contenders is Qualcomm’s Toq Smartwatch. The Toq (toke…tock…not sure) so far only works with Android devices and presents a set of the typical features we expect from a smartwatch such as access to calendars, calls and texting, notifications from social services, music control, etc.. Information-wise, it doesn’t provide any more than a Pebble, but it does have some other nice features.

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Online version of iWork gets some improvements

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Date: Thursday, May 22nd, 2014, 08:56
Category: Apple, Apps, Features, iCloud, Software

 

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It looks like Apple has been giving the iWork apps on iCloud some new features. The entire list, including those made to iWork for the Mac, and the iOS apps can be found here. Many of the updates apply to all three apps, rather than specific functionality change to each.  Document handling, text formatting, and collaboration seem to be areas of focus. A few examples are;

  • Add passwords and share password-protected documents
  • Export documents to ePUB format
  • Print your documents directly from the Tools menu
  • Collaborate with up to 100 people at the same time
  • See cursors and selections for everyone in a document
  • Watch images and shapes animate as your collaborators move them around
  • Almost 200 new fonts
  • More color options in the format panel
  • Folders
  • Edit documents up to 1 GB in size
  • Support for Retina display

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Google Chrome updated to 35.0.1916.114

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Date: Wednesday, May 21st, 2014, 15:16
Category: News, security, Software

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It’s the updates that tend to help.

On Thursday, Google released version 35.0.1916.114 of its Chrome web browser. The update, a 53.7 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
- More developer control over touch input.

- New JavaScript features.

- Unprefixed Shadow DOM.

- A number of new apps/extension APIs.

- Lots of under the hood changes for stability and performance.

Security Fixes:
- High CVE-2014-1743: Use-after-free in styles.

- High CVE-2014-1744: Integer overflow in audio.

- High CVE-2014-1745: Use-after-free in SVG.

- Medium CVE-2014-1746: Out-of-bounds read in media filters.

- Medium CVE-2014-1747: UXSS with local MHTML file.

- Medium CVE-2014-1748: UI spoofing with scrollbar.

- CVE-2014-1749: Various fixes from internal audits, fuzzing and other initiatives.

- CVE-2014-3152: Integer underflow in V8 fixed in version 3.25.28.16.

Google Chrome 35.0.1916.114 requires an Intel-based Mac with Mac OS X 10.6 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

Is peace on the horizon for smartphone rivals?

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Date: Tuesday, May 20th, 2014, 08:20
Category: Apple, Business, Google, Legal, News, Opinion, Patents, Samsung

gavel_transI’m not holding my breath that the Apple vs. Samsung patent war will end any time soon, but perhaps there is hope that one day in the future, we won’t have to read any more posts or articles about the never-ending ruling appeals filed by Apple or Samsung, or at least not as many. As of last Friday, Apple and Google have agreed to drop all current patent infringement lawsuits between them and move on with their lives.

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Google Glass is back in the public’s shopping cart

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Date: Thursday, May 15th, 2014, 08:23
Category: Accessory, Gadget, Google, News, Wearables

google_glass_headsetEarlier this week, Google put Google Glass back “on the shelves”, so to speak, as it made the wearable device available for public purchase again. Still at the premium price of $1500, Google hopes it can get its Explorer program to expand by making it available again. Google posted the following on its Google+ account;

“We’re still in the Explorer Program while we continue to improve our hardware and software, but starting today anyone in the US can buy the Glass Explorer Edition, as long as we have it on hand: google.com/glass

We’re ready to keep meeting new Explorers, and we can’t wait to hear all your experiences and feedback to continue to make Glass even better, ahead of our wider consumer release.”

That last part is of particular interest as 9to5Google suggested a month ago that maybe a more affordable version is down the road;

“In addition to the insane price tag ($1,500 for Galaxy Nexus specs is crazy, Google), a consumer release of Glass is still expected to take place this year. That means improved hardware and a far cheaper price should be on the horizon.

That release should come this fall, with Glass news hopefully being a major point at the upcoming Google I/O developer conference.”

Hopefully soon, we’ll also see some kind of development toward the ongoing privacy concerns regarding wearables in general, of which Glass is in the spotlight.