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Wearables mean we’ve popped the smartphone bubble

Wearables mean we’ve popped the smartphone bubble

Manufacturers couldn't cram any more socially acceptable functionality into their smartphones, so they moved their smartphones to your wrist. When we first started seeing so-called "Wearable" devices, it was clear: these devices were either going to be wristwatches or they were going to be extra-tiny smartphones. Or tablets, if you're talking about the devices without phone capabilities. Once the smartwatch launched with a tiny version of Android onboard, it wasn't difficult to access: smartphone innovation was over, and the hype machine was back in action.

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iPhone 6s mini: do you need another small smartphone?

iPhone 6s mini: do you need another small smartphone?

Rumors abound, Apple may release another 4-inch iPhone in the near future. Instead of abandoning the 4-inch iPhone 5 and 5s, Apple is said this week to be rolling out a "low end" handset with updated specifications and a price point to match. This handset would - unsurprisingly - look and feel similar to the iPhone 6. Components will likely match those of the iPhone 5s, fingerprint sensor and 8-megapixel camera included - and sell for the lowest price point as the iPhone 5s does now.

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Apple Campus 2 will breathe new life into century-old barn

Apple Campus 2 will breathe new life into century-old barn

As the Apple Campus 2 slowly takes shape, one relic from the past will remain. In tearing down the old HP office location to build their “spaceship” campus, Apple found they also had a barn. The Glendenning Barn is leftover from a time when Cupertino was more orchards than silicon, when we farmed fruits instead of data. To make way for their campus, Apple dismantled the Barn, but took precise instructions on its design and construction so they could re-assemble it and give it a home at Apple.

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Apple Pay to hit the gas pump via Chevron in 2015

Apple Pay to hit the gas pump via Chevron in 2015

Chevron is reportedly working to bring Apple Pay to the pump in early 2015, setting a standard for mobile payments outside of retail shops. Chevron already supports Apple Pay in their Extra Mile convenience stores, but payment at the pump is still done via a card swipe. The move will likely cover Texaco and Caltex stations at some point, considering Chevron owns those companies. Chevron gives Apple a huge reach at the pump in California, and sets a precedent for others to follow.

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Flurry: Apple activated 3x more devices than Samsung over Christmas

Flurry: Apple activated 3x more devices than Samsung over Christmas

Research firm Flurry, the Yahoo-owned entity that tracks mobile analytics for over 600,000 cross-platform apps, has revealed some surprising statistics from the Christmas break. From December 19 through December 25, Flurry tracked new device activations and app downloads, and found that Apple ruled this holiday season. Over half of new device activations were Apple-branded devices, over twice as many as their nearest competitor, Samsung. Flurry VP of Analytics Jarah Euston said “It’s clear that Santa is no longer into cookies — he prefers Apples.”

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iTunes 14-day no-questions-asked app return policy enacted in Europe

iTunes 14-day no-questions-asked app return policy enacted in Europe

A new policy has been enacted in the UK, Germany, Italy, and Germany - amongst others - which allows people to return apps inside an extended period of days. Inside 14 days, the iTunes app store allows a "Right of Cancellation". This includes a right to cancel your order within 14 days of order of your app - except with iTunes Gifts - for any reason at all. This is a significant extension over most return policies for app stores around the world - Apple, Google, Microsoft and all.

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Apple Pay data demands add tension to UK launch

Apple Pay data demands add tension to UK launch

Apple Pay is set to launch in the UK in the first half of 2015, but banks are concerned as to how much data Apple demands as part of its contactless payment service, insiders claims. Revealed as a feature of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus earlier this year, Apple Pay - which uses a combination of NFC and a secure digital wallet chip on the smartphones - has already gained traction in the US, with everything from grocery shopping through clothes and even hotel rooms and Disney trips now supporting the service. However, although the spread of Apple Pay to other countries is effectively inevitable, Apple is said to be still facing some push-back from its banking partners over the fine print.

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Apple’s ‘12 Days of Gifts’ promo noticeably absent this year

Apple’s ‘12 Days of Gifts’ promo noticeably absent this year

Bad news this year for bargain iOS app hunters: It appears that Apple has no plans to offer its "12 Days of Gifts" promotion as the year 2014 winds down. For the past six years, from December 26th to January 6th Apple offered a free download each day to iOS users, with freebies including apps, games, and songs from iTunes. Seeing as how it's already December 28th and there's been no sign of the "Gifts" app itself, or word from Apple about the promo, it's a safe bet that we won't be seeing it this year.

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Apple ‘Lucky Bag’ coming back to Japan this year

Apple ‘Lucky Bag’ coming back to Japan this year

Apple has announced their “Lucky Bag” promotions are coming back to Japan. The deal, which brings a bag full of goodies for a remarkably lower price than normal, has a history of success with Apple fans. The mystery bags offer up equipment and other goodies like accessories, and no two bags are alike. Last year, we heard some of the bags may have had Mac Pros inside, so who knows what Japanese customers may see this year. They’re not cheap, though — the bags sold for around $340 last year.

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How to use CarPlay on your iPad with one app tap

How to use CarPlay on your iPad with one app tap

There's an app out there this week called Ignition - created by developer Adam Bell and made to enable the CarPlay user interface already built in to your iPad. Normally you'd need a vehicle that'd activate this user interface by coming in contact with it - that solution isn't especially cheap. With Ignition, you'll have only to tap the app to open. The only difficult part will be deciding whether or not you want to jailbreak your device to enable CarPlay in the first place.

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