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Apple TV Review (2015): Living with big-screen Siri

Apple TV Review (2015): Living with big-screen Siri

Shouting back at the TV used to be frowned upon; now, with the fourth-generation Apple TV, Apple is positively encouraging it. The Cupertino firm's take on the future of the living room has released Siri from its iPhone and iPad prison, while a new remote, access to the App Store, and beefier specifications promise a slicker and more flexible experience. I've been living with the revamped set-top box for the past six weeks, to see just how much of an upgrade this is.

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Apple opened secret display lab in Taiwan say sources

Apple opened secret display lab in Taiwan say sources

Sources that claim to be familiar with what's going on with Apple are reporting that the iPhone maker has opened up a secret lab in Northern Taiwan where engineering staff are hard at work. The sources claim that the lab is being used by Apple to work on displays for smartphones and tablets. The facility is located in Longtan and was previously owned by AU Optronics and Qualcomm.

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Samsung takes its Apple patent fight to the Supreme Court

Samsung takes its Apple patent fight to the Supreme Court

Samsung's Christmas gift to Apple won't be the $548 million it agreed to pay in its first patent squabble. It will be giving, instead, another serving of legal headache, though indirectly this time. As expected, Samsung has escalated its patent issues to the US' highest court. Although it is technically putting into question what is now commonly regarded to be an outdated patent system, in the end it will also affect the outcome of its two biggest patent fights with Apple. Especially the payment it has to make.

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Apple Smart Battery Case for iPhone 6s Review

Apple Smart Battery Case for iPhone 6s Review

Apple doesn't make many iPhone accessories, so the controversy when the Smart Battery Case for iPhone 6s arrived was all the more pronounced. Not because anybody doubted the iPhone 6s occasionally needed an extra hit of battery, but because the silicone sleeve made it very obvious where it was hiding its Li-Ion pack. It's a case with a hump, and that's been too big an obstacle for some to get over.

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iPhone 7 may be self-healing T-1000 waterproof

iPhone 7 may be self-healing T-1000 waterproof

A self-healing elastomer has been revealed by an early license listing by Apple for future smart devices, possibly headed to the iPhone 7. The next-generation smartphone may very well benefit from what Apple describes as a "self-healing elastomer may obscure the electronic connectors from the user as well as provide environmental protection for the connector and the electronic device." This will assist in waterproofing the smartphone, something Apple has already begun working towards in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s.

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Google app for iOS updated with 3D Touch support

Google app for iOS updated with 3D Touch support

The Google app for iOS has been updated with 3D Touch support, giving iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users some added functionality. Users can, for example, hard press on the Google app’s icon to pull up shortcuts for common activities: voice search, image search, and search. The update brings with it a couple other changes, as well, that aren’t limited to the latest iPhone models.

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App Store now shows Apple TV support in iOS

App Store now shows Apple TV support in iOS

Since the Apple TV's official App Store launched a month ago, we've seen a host of new apps on the market for it. In fact, just earlier today it looks like there were well over 2,000 of them just waiting to be downloaded. But if you're looking through the store on another device, how do you know if the app you're considering purchasing will work on your shiny new Apple TV? Well, it looks like Apple is finally letting you know.

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Why Banksy just painted Steve Jobs

Why Banksy just painted Steve Jobs

Syrian refugees are being downtrodden by Republican leaders and presidential candidates aplenty. Rogue graffiti artist Banksy has something to say about that. In a painting in the Jungle refugee camp in the French port of Calais, Banksy painted a portrait of Jobs holding a sack and carrying an old-school Apple computer. Something like a shortened Color Classic. And why would Banksy paint Steve Jobs in a refugee camp, you might ask?

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Apple popup ads inside apps upsetting older iPhone users

Apple popup ads inside apps upsetting older iPhone users

A number of Apple users with previous generation iPhones are reporting their frustration at the appearance of popup ads for the iPhone 6s. These aren't spammy ads appearing in Safari or other browsers, where one would expect popups, rather they're directly from Apple and are showing up in first-party apps like the App Store. Users have posted on both Twitter and Reddit about full-screen displays that encourage them to upgrade or find out more about the iPhone 6s.

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Apple TV App Store grew to more than 2,000 in a month

Apple TV App Store grew to more than 2,000 in a month

It feels almost unbelievable that it has only been a month since Apple formally opened up its App Store for Apple TV developers. Especially when you consider that there are an estimated 2,624 apps that now grace that app marketplace for Apple's TV set-top box. Even Eddy Cue confirms there is as much, without getting into exact numbers of course. And the insights that app metrics site appFigures share are quite interesting as the Apple TV seems to break every set expectation as far as app statistics go.

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Why the Samsung Galaxy S7 will leapfrog iPhone 7 for true believers

Why the Samsung Galaxy S7 will leapfrog iPhone 7 for true believers

All of the pieces are falling in place for Samsung to take a running leap over Apple in the smartphone feature market. What I'm talking about here isn't necessarily Samsung taking away market share from Apple - the Samsung Galaxy S7 almost certainly will not outsell the iPhone 7. What I'm talking about is daring, innovative moves that push the personal device industry forward. Apple remains a company that are wonderful and work well. They aren't about creating something that has a significant chance of not selling as much or more than their previous-generation product.

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