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Google follows Apple’s suit, lays out its own user privacy plans for Android

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In lieu of Apple’s detailed commitment to user privacy, Google followed suit by laying out its own plans for handling the matter. The search giant will begin encrypting user data by default starting with the next major mobile OS release, currently known as Android L.

Android encryption has been available since 2011. Read more »

Apple iPhone 6 Plus gets the iFixit teardown treatment, scores a good 7 for repairability

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Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are already on sale in Australia, so the crafty folks from iFixit already went to work on Cupertino’s first phablet. As always, the device’s disassembly reveals quite a few juicy bits, which Apple doesn’t typically talk about.

The most important iPhone 6 Plus questions that the iFixit teardown answers are related to the amount of RAM the handset packs, as well as the size of its battery. Read more »

Tim Cook writes open letter regarding Apple user security

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The fallout of the massive iCloud hacking scandal that leaked numerous private photos of female celebrities is is surely yet to play out.

And although Apple has taken the matter very seriously and is still investigating how their iCloud servers were compromised – if that is what, in fact, happened – Apple CEO Tim Cook has issued an open letter assuring the company’s commitment to user privacy. Read more »

Apple removes all HealthKit compatible apps from the App Store

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A bug in the HealthKit suite is forcing Apple to remove all apps using the framework from the App Store. The HealtKit enabled apps were supposed to launch with iOS 8 today, but this is postponed indefinitely.

An Apple representative has said that the company is working on a solution to the problem, which is likely to come out in the next couple of weeks. Read more »

Apple tipped to launch new iPad models and OS X Yosemite next month

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According to a report by The Daily Dot, Apple will unveil new iPad models next month, on October 21. The latest OS X Yosemite is also expected to launch on the same date.

An October launch for the next generation Apple iPad family should hardly catch anyone by surprise. Read more »

Apple puts up support page for migrating from Android phone to iPhone

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There is no doubt the new iPhone 6 and especially the iPhone 6 Plus are aimed squarely at the flagship Android devices. Tim Cook himself admitted in a recent interview that it is an opportunity for them to switch people from Android to iOS, and they are doing everything they can to win back those people who they lost to Android because they didn’t have a big screen phone.

Well, other than just having a big screen phone, Apple is also helping out people who might be on the fence to switching over. One thing they did is put up a support page on their website that details how you can go about migrating your content from your Android phone to an iPhone. Read more »

Relonch camera is an iPhone case with APS-C sensor

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During Photokina in Germany, the startup company Relonch released an Apple iPhone case with a massive APS-C sensor built-in. Dubbed Relonch Camera, the accessory will reportedly be available for iPhone 5/5s and iPhone 6 when it launches.

Relonch Camera will connect to the smartphone via the Lightning port. Read more »

Apple edits iPhone 6 camera bump out of its official photos

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The iPhone 6 measures just 6.9mm thick and as a result, the 8MP camera protrudes at the back. That’s not unseen before, but it certainly isn’t a very pretty sight and Apple is obviously not too proud of it.

Using clever angles and, in some places, seemingly image editing, the bulge in question isn’t visible at all in the official photos of the smartphone. That’s understandable, as Apple is driven by its desire to present the iPhone 6 in the best possible way in its promo materials.

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Huawei Chairman taunts Apple with the thin bezels of the Ascend Mate7

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Marketing is perhaps best left to the PR department but Huawei Chairman and CEO of the consumer division Yu Chengdong (aka Richard Yu) took to his Weibo account to tout his company’s products over the newly announced Apple iPhone 6 Plus.

Of course the Huawei Ascend Mate7 was used for the comparison, the 6″ flagship phablet that was announced at IFA. Read more »

4K video recording app for iPhone 5s now available, costs $999.99

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This isn’t a joke! Apple has approved the Vizzywig 4K app for iPhone 5s, which enables 4K video recording with 24 fps on the 2013 smartphone. It costs $999.99 (€899.99) and works only on iPhone 5s with 32GB or 64GB storage.

The app captures 24 burst images per second in 4K resolution and then stitches them together in just 1s footage. This means you’ll lose about 72MB for each second of your video. This explains the requirement for the 32GB+ iPhone model! Read more »

Samsung takes another subtle dig at Apple in a new ad

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A few days after bashing its biggest rival in a series of videos, Samsung released another ad that pokes at Apple. This time around however, the mockery is a lot subtler.

As it turns out the videos from earlier this week were produced in Korea. The company’s marketing team in the United States created the latest Samsung Galaxy Note 4 promo video. Read more »

‘BioShock’ for iOS game review

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BioShock needs very little introduction. If you have been playing video games for the past decade or so, you would have heard about it far too many times by now and most probably played it back when it released on the PC and consoles in 2007.

The full game has now been ported over to iOS and is available on both, the iPhone and the iPad. There has been a reasonable amount of hype surrounding the iOS version, considering how popular the PC and console versions were, so let’s see how good the port is. Read more »

Weekly poll: Apple iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy Alpha, Sony Xperia Z3 compact

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We already compared the specs of the new Apple iPhone 6 to its main Android rivals, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha and the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact.

Now, it’s time to reach out for your take on the matter. Which one the three do you find best? The grown-up iPhone 6, metal Galaxy Alpha or waterproof Xperia Z3 Compact? Read more »

Poll results – Apple hardware disappoints

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A few days ago we asked you to chime in with your personal opinion on the hotness of the trio of Apple products revealed this week. Your votes are now in and the result is clear.

None among the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Watch are considered hot by the majority of our readers. Actually none managed to exceed the 40% approval barrier with the iPhone 6 getting as low as 36% positive votes. Read more »

PopKey is an animated GIF keyboard headed to iOS

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PopKey is going to be a very special keyboard for iOS. The idea here is something along the lines of – why write words when you can simply send people animated GIFs instead?

That’s right, PopKey bills itself as “the world’s first animated GIF keyboard”. And it’s coming soon to an iDevice near you. Read more »