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PC market needs the “WOW” factor to revitalize buyer’s interest

PC market needs the “WOW” factor to revitalize buyer’s interest

We've all heard the marketing spiels before. "The PC is dead". "This is the device that will replace your PC". Or even "this is the new PC". Whatever the tune, they almost all have the same chorus: replacing the venerable yet perhaps outdated computing devices, otherwise known as desktops and laptops, most of them running Windows versions of ages past. And maybe they're right. Maybe these will indeed replace those PCs. Maybe the sudden surge in popularity of 2-in-1's, detachable, and convertibles are going to save the dying PC market. Or maybe it will only for a short time, because what consumers these days are looking for aren't just PC replacement. Ultimately, they're looking for new, modern experiences.

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Apple invests in Didi Chuxing, Uber’s Chinese rival

Apple invests in Didi Chuxing, Uber’s Chinese rival

For years now, people have been speculating on Apple's more formal entry into the automotive business, especially after Google revealed its self-driving car project. But while Cupertino remains coy on that matter, it is entering the industry through yet another door. It has just invested $1 billion in a Chinese company named Didi Chuxing, formerly Didi Kuaidi. While practically unheard of overseas, this company is seen to have single-handedly threatened Uber's dominance in the ride-hailing service market. And, quite surprisingly, Apple suddenly seems to want a piece of that as well.

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Why Gboard is the only iOS keyboard you need

Why Gboard is the only iOS keyboard you need

Earlier today, Google announced a new keyboard for iOS users. This is certainly not the first alternate keyboard that we've seen. With the release of iOS 8 came support for 3rd party keyboards. We've seen a few interesting ones, including one from Microsoft, who already has their own mobile platform to worry about. Since Google knows a thing or two about smartphones, I decided to go ahead and install it on my iPhone 6, and it may be the best keyboard I've used on my iPhone to date.

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Apple lost another Siri co-creator to an unexpected rival

Apple lost another Siri co-creator to an unexpected rival

Apple's Siri may be facing attack from upstarts in the virtual assistant space, but it seems it won't be able to count on one of its few remaining co-creators to help mount a defense. Darren Haas, one of the co-founders of the Siri-creating company that Apple bought back in 2010, has reportedly left the Cupertino firm and followed another former coworker to GE.

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Manfrotto’s made a smartphone clamp called TwistGrip

Manfrotto’s made a smartphone clamp called TwistGrip

Manfrotto have created a smartphone clamp that's able to grip any smartphone on the market, allowing all devices to be mounted to all manner of accessories. Tripods, for example, are able to screw in with this device's universal 1/4-inch thread. This accessory is tiny - compact enough to fit in your pocket beside your smartphone, twisting then into a heavy-duty grip for your smartphone when the need arises. Manfrotto suggests that the TwistGrip is made in Italy with high-quality aluminum.

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Apple denies that iTunes will end music downloads by 2018

Apple denies that iTunes will end music downloads by 2018

There's no doubt that streaming music is rapidly becoming the standard way people consume digital audio — it hasn't already for many users. Streaming has already surpassed physical music sales in terms of revenue, and it will likely overtake downloads sometime in the future. But the idea of streaming being the only option for paying for music is certainly something many would balk at, which is why Apple made the rare move of shutting down a rumor that iTunes would discontinue music downloads in the next few years.

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iPhone 7 Pro “photos” show Android’s big chance

iPhone 7 Pro “photos” show Android’s big chance

With Samsung Galaxy S7 sales on the rise, several rendered images mistaken for photos by the press may, indeed, show what Apple's next iPhone competitors will be like. The iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Pro (or iPhone Pro), and the next iteration of the iPhone SE are all shown by top-notch illustrator and 3D modeler Martin Hajek, all based in schematics such as those we saw this morning, coming from accessory makers and anonymous sources of all sorts.

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iPhone 7 Plus images appear showing cameras, sizes, connectors

iPhone 7 Plus images appear showing cameras, sizes, connectors

This morning we've been tipped off to a set of two rendered images that we're a bit more confident in than past reveals from anonymous sources. The man Steve Hemmerstoffer of NoWhereElse has sent out a set of two pictures, each depicting one version of the iPhone 7, both appearing to be sourced from the same place previous leaks have come - case-maker schematics. While these sorts of images don't show the inner workings of the phones, we can get a pretty good gist of what's going to appear.

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Apple patents Smart Covers with solar panel, sketchpad, and more

Apple patents Smart Covers with solar panel, sketchpad, and more

Apple may have devised a new Smart Connector for its iPad Pro line, but so far that has been utilized for one and one thing only: a keyboard Smart Cover. Of course, Apple had more in mind in the past, even if only one actually made it to production. At least for now. The company was just recently awarded a patent for a Smart Cover that clearly does more than the current incarnation, including one with solar panels, flexible displays, and even another display just for sketching.

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This iPhone 7 “photo” shows a smart connector, new camera, and adjusted antenna

This iPhone 7 “photo” shows a smart connector, new camera, and adjusted antenna

This week we’re having a closer look at what the next iPhone could be - considering especially the multiple leaks and tips we’ve seen over the past several weeks. In this, we’re able to see a smartphone that’s more powerful, has a better camera, and looks marginally different from the last iPhone Apple released. Can you even imagine? This is nuts! An iPhone 7 with a look and feel that’s very similar to the iPhone 6s? Crazy talk!

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Every iPhone ever made speed tested

Every iPhone ever made speed tested

The iPhone has been around for nearly a decade now having started with the iPhone 2G and moved on through the years through many models to the latest iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. I'm sure many people out there have wondered just how much faster the latest iPhone 6s Plus is than that original iPhone 2G from nearly a decade ago. This speed test video pits every iPhone ever made against each other to see just how far we have come.

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Leaked iPhone 7 schematic disappointingly shows little change

Leaked iPhone 7 schematic disappointingly shows little change

With Apple itself admitting to the first ever iPhone sales slump, you'd think the company would be rushing to put out a next gen iPhone that would wow the market like the first one did. But this is Apple we're talking about and Apple does not rush anything. Indeed, based on this lone schematic diagram, it seems that Cupertino isn't in a rush to change the iPhone formula just yet. The iPhone 7 allegedly depicted in this image pretty much has the exact same dimensions as the iPhone 6s, hinting that it would be nearly identical to its predecessor.

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