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IDC smartphone shipment data testify to Xiaomi’s rise

IDC smartphone shipment data testify to Xiaomi’s rise

Some would have us believe that the smartphone craze is starting to settle down and that the industry has reached its plateau. That might be true for some markets, especially developed ones, and some vendors. The smartphone shipment figures for the third quarter of 2014 from IDC, however, reveal that there is still lots of room to grow, especially when the market just shipped 327.6 million smartphones, a growth of 25.2 percent from the same third quarter last year and 8.7 percent from the 301.3 million smartphones shipped just last quarter.

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GT COO details “oppressive” Apple deal

GT COO details “oppressive” Apple deal

Now that GT Advanced is in bankruptcy proceedings, and free of their contract with Apple, they can start fresh. Though they still must pay Apple back about $430 million from the loans they received in advance of the Sapphire facility opening, GT can move on. Or, they can openly discuss just how “oppressive” their deal with Apple was. Their COO is doing just that, and in a sworn affidavit, he outlines in detail how their agreement with Apple could have helped them go belly-up any time.

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iPhone 6 and 6 Plus kick Apple phone shares up in first days of sale

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus kick Apple phone shares up in first days of sale

The folks at Kantar have released their monthly consumer smartphone sales data for the three month period ending in September of 2014. This is the third quarter of the year, mind you, and the quarter in which Apple released both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus both inside the United States and abroad. One of the more interesting bits here is in Great Britain where the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus only just started to be on sale - just 10 days of sales on record.

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Apple Pay v CurrentC: retailers DO have a choice

Apple Pay v CurrentC: retailers DO have a choice

A lot has been said of the current mobile payment landscape. Since someone came up with the bright idea to let you go around town slapping your phone against point-of-sale terminals to pay for things, the entire concept has been hit and miss. Google Wallet was the closest we’d come to a good solution, but it only gave rise to competition. Apple Pay has come in and turned most of the lights out, but one challenger remains. Now we get a better idea as to why they’re not able to coexist, and how retailers may be willingly backing the wrong horse.

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Mylio pro photo-handling software launches tomorrow for iOS, OS X

Mylio pro photo-handling software launches tomorrow for iOS, OS X

Thanks to smartphones, most of us have a lot of pictures floating around -- they're usually scattered all over the place, maybe being saved to a central cloud account for those who took the time to set one up. Sorting through and otherwise keeping track of all these images can be difficult, but for the photographers among us who have thousands or hundreds of thousands of images, organization becomes an entirely different kind of beast. That's where professional-level photo handling software comes in, not the least of which is Mylio, which will be arriving for Apple users tomorrow.

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The Vizzywig 4K video app is back, ready for iOS 8.1

The Vizzywig 4K video app is back, ready for iOS 8.1

Remember the Vizzywig 4K app that shot video from your iPhone in 4K resolution? After being pulled from the App Store, they’re back — and sporting a new name. Rather than 4K, Vizzywig has now branded themselves 8K. Why the double-down in the naming scheme? Because the app has eight times the pixel density of FaceTime HD, of course. Vizzywig also says that for the best frame-rate experience, an iPhone 5S is needed. The 24 frames per second make video smoother.

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Apple facing lawsuit over 2011 Macbook Pro GPU

Apple facing lawsuit over 2011 Macbook Pro GPU

Apple makes beautiful products, but they’re not perfect. A recent iPhone 5 button swap made that clear, and though it took longer than many would have liked for Apple to respond to the issue, they did. This time, they’ll have no choice. A class-action lawsuit has been filed in Northern California, alleging Apple’s 2011 Macbook Pro might be suffering from GPU issues Apple failed to acknowledge. The issue is said to affect both the 15-inch and 17-inch screen versions.

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Don’t expect liberated NFC on the iPhone any time soon

Don’t expect liberated NFC on the iPhone any time soon

iOS app developers shouldn't expect access to the NFC hardware in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus any time soon, with Apple still intending a tight grip on the short-range wireless system that's so integral to Apple Pay. The inclusion of a near-field communications chip in the latest iPhone duo led some to predict Android-style easy pairing with accessories, hyper-localization in apps, and other applications as we've seen proliferate around Google's platform, but according to iPhone product marketing VP Greg "Joz" Joswiak, you shouldn't hold your breath.

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Apple doesn’t know if iPhone 6 or 6 Plus is more popular

Apple doesn’t know if iPhone 6 or 6 Plus is more popular

There's no doubting that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have been successful for Apple, racking up record sales in the first month. 10m in sales in the first weekend would seem to prove that iOS users really were eager for a bigger phone, but the lingering question has been "which size is more popular?" Apple wouldn't address 6/6 Plus split when it announced its latest financial results and, according to Greg "Joz" Joswiak, VP of iPhone, iPad, and iOS product marketing, the answer is that, right now, the company itself doesn't really know.

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Tim Cook WSJ interview videos: Apple Pay, Alibaba

Tim Cook WSJ interview videos: Apple Pay, Alibaba

This morning the folks at WSJ have released a few key points in their interview series that took place last night with Tim Cook. The CEO of Apple spoke up about the launch of Apple Pay in several regards. He spoke about the Apple Watch. He even spoke about why the original iPod Classic was discontinued from store chains. Tim Cook also spoke briefly about how Apple may be pairing up with Alibaba to bring about a massive payment collaboration the likes of which have never been seen before.

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