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Microsoft shuns Apple for “bigger” Siri in iPhone 6 Plus

Microsoft shuns Apple for “bigger” Siri in iPhone 6 Plus

The Lumia 830 is up to bat this week in a video spot created by Microsoft to hate on the iPhone 6 Plus. This Lumia smartphone takes on the slightly larger iPhone 6 Plus by speaking with Cortana. The screens have been simulated, of course, and the sequences have been shortened - and the voices have been modified so they'll say what fits the commercial. But still, there's comedy to be found here in a war of the personal assistants, one for Windows Phone 8, the other for iOS.

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Google settles patent squabble with Rockstar Consoritum

Google settles patent squabble with Rockstar Consoritum

It seems that either Google or Rockstar (the industry consortium, not the game developers) has decided to throw in the towel. Details are still unclear on who called it quits first, but the fact of the matter is that, at least in the patent case filed in Texas, Google and Rockstar have reached an agreement to settle "all matters of controversy". It is highly likely that a large amount of money will also be involved. But what's even less clear is how it will affect Android, who is at the heart of the litigation.

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Apple Watch doubted like iPhone: launch may be massive

Apple Watch doubted like iPhone: launch may be massive

Morgan Stanley isn't pulling any shots with their investor notes on the release of the Apple Watch in 2015. The industry view is cautious, they say, cautious just like they were before the launch of the iPhone in 2007. Cautious, they say, just like the industry was before the launch of the iPad in 2010. With the "wearables" industry ramping up a lot quicker than the smartphone or tablet industry ever did, Morgan Stanley says Apple will be able to sell an Apple Watch to 1 out of every 10 iPhone users.

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Skylanders Trap Team given Apple Store blessing

Skylanders Trap Team given Apple Store blessing

This winter you're going to be seeing a rather sizable box at Apple Stores with the word SKYLANDERS plastered across its face. This box is the Skylanders Trap Team Tablet Pack, and it'll be hitting Apple Stores across the United States as of this week. This Skylanders Trap Team game will be one of the very few 3rd-party games showcased at Apple Stores by Apple, and certainly the only tablet-focused game setup ready to bring console-level gameplay to the iPad Air and iPad mini.

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Why doesn’t your iPhone have Sapphire glass? It’s really hard (to make)

Why doesn’t your iPhone have Sapphire glass? It’s really hard (to make)

It’s a lesson many companies learn, though not many as publicly as GT Advanced. The now-defunct Sapphire glass supplier to Apple went belly-up recently, taking hopes of a Sapphire glass-laden iPhone with them. Apple’s idea was to have Sapphire glass production scale to meet their admittedly high demands. GT was willing to meet the challenge, but a new report suggests the entire partnership was doomed from the start. Given the evidence found, hindsight might make you feel silly you ever thought your iPhone 6 would have Sapphire beyond Touch ID.

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US DOJ: Encryption could get a child killed

US DOJ: Encryption could get a child killed

The US Justice Department may have tried to hit below the belt and appeal to emotion rather than reason by painting a gruesome future. Because while tech companies are working towards strengthening a user's privacy, the government is getting worried that they will be shut off from gathering personal information that could potentially save lives. In particular, the new encryption schemes being implemented by Apple in iOS and Google in Android could prevent law enforcers from getting their hands on a user's information in a timely manner.

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Apple’s next iPhone may offer DSLR-quality shots, courtesy of Sony

Apple’s next iPhone may offer DSLR-quality shots, courtesy of Sony

If you have an iPhone, your purchase was likely due to — at least in part — the camera. Apple’s iPhone has always had a really nice camera, and the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus do the lineup justice. Recent comments made by a notable and trustworthy Apple pundit suggest the next camera will be equally impressive. In fact, John Gruber of Daring Fireball says Apple’s next iPhone camera could provide DSLR quality shots. How are they going to accomplish that? Easy: Sony.

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Apple changed ‘Free’ to ‘Get’, but things haven’t changed

Apple changed ‘Free’ to ‘Get’, but things haven’t changed

If you head into the App Store for either iOS or OS X (Mac App Store, obviously), you might notice a slight change. If you go to download an app, there is no longer a “Free” option. Now, you’ll either be presented with a price, or “Get”. The change is causing a bit of confusion with some, but it shouldn’t. Apps are still free, unless they cost something. Or will cost something later. Or might cost something at some point. You know what, we’re complicating this. Let’s talk it out.

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