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IDC: Samsung, Apple on top, but for very different reasons

IDC: Samsung, Apple on top, but for very different reasons

Samsung, who recently bounced back successfully with their Galaxy S6 and S6 edge phones, are once again the top smartphone OEM, according to IDC. Despite a year-over-year drop in overall volume and market share, Samsung holds a 24.5% market share so far in 2015 on the back of 82.4 million smartphone shipments. Second to Samsung is Apple, naturally. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handset maker now has an 18.2% market share, having shipped 61.2 million smartphones last quarter.

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Apple now rejects Apple Watch apps that ‘just’ tell time

Apple now rejects Apple Watch apps that ‘just’ tell time

The App Store is ripe with apps that support the Apple Watch. Plenty more exist in the backlog, as many Developers note it’s taking longer than usual to see their apps feed through the bottleneck of Apple’s app review process. Today, Apple’s app review guidelines have changed, and the most notable difference affects Apple Watch apps. In the ‘User Interface’ section, Apple now says any Watch app that aims to do little more than tell time will be rejected outright.

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Apple Watch Tossed into a Blender

Apple Watch Tossed into a Blender

If you are a fan of the Apple Watch and have yet to be able to get your hands on one of the devices, this video will be hard to watch. Blendtec, the folks behind the "Will it Blend" videos have gotten their hands on a white Apple watch and proceeded to give the poor thing the "Will it Blend" treatment. That means they tossed it into a powerful industrial blender and turned it on.

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Galaxy S6, S6 edge have the edge over iPhone 6 in DxOMark

Galaxy S6, S6 edge have the edge over iPhone 6 in DxOMark

Smartphone cameras are getting more capable and in each generation, there is a race to compete with more professional and dedicated digital shooters. For the past years, DxOMark's rankings have become the litmus test of the smartphone world when it comes to that particular feature set. For a while, Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus held the top scores in the photography benchmarking site's list. Now, however, the crown has been passed back to Samsung thanks to its latest twins, the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge.

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Apple’s Q2 financial report reveals “best March quarter results ever”

Apple’s Q2 financial report reveals “best March quarter results ever”

Apple has released its financial report detailing the company’s second quarter ending on March 28. Among the details, we see that Apple pulled in $58 billion in revenue during the quarter, something that worked out to $13.6 billion in net profit. Both numbers are excellent for the company, showing a substantial year-on-year increase — during the same quarter last year, Apple brought in $45.6 billion in revenue and $10.2 billion in net profit. Says Apple, 69-percent of Q2’s revenue was from international sales.

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iPhone sales leap 40% over past year

iPhone sales leap 40% over past year

Today Apple reported their second quarter 2015 financial results with iPhone, Mac, and the App Store at the head of their release. In addition to an "all-time record performance" of the App Store, Apple reported that iPhone and Mac sales were amongst the best in any 2nd quarter in the history of the company. "The continued, strength of iPhone, Mac, and the App Store ..." said CEO Tim Cook, "drove our best March quarter results ever." Compared to last year at this time, iPhone sales look monstrous.

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Apple Watch Sport display is best (by a smidgen)

Apple Watch Sport display is best (by a smidgen)

Imagine your surprise when you check out an Apple Watch collection at an Apple Store this week and find that the best display isn't the most expensive. It's not the display that's making the difference, it's what's covering it. According to a study done this week by DisplayMate, the sapphire crystal that covers the OLED display on the Apple Watch does two things. One, it reflects light and creates significant glare in bright conditions. Two, it protects your display far better than glass.

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Apple Watch Diary – On the road

Apple Watch Diary – On the road

A smartwatch arguably needn’t be too smart if you’re sat at your desk all day. Out on the road, however, if Apple Watch is going to be a useful traveling companion then it needs to step up: that generally means allowing your iPhone to stay in your pocket more often. Meanwhile, battery life becomes all the more critical when you’re not sure if you’ll be near an outlet until you’re back at your hotel. Question is, does the Apple Watch have what it takes to be a frequent flyer, or is it simply overbooked?

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Next-gen Siri will rely on open source back-end

Next-gen Siri will rely on open source back-end

When Apple launched ResearchKit, the platform was open source, allowing anyone to contribute or develop for ResearchKit. The snarky quip was that Apple finally figured out what open source was. It looks like Apple wasn’t done with open source; they’ve apparently based the new Siri engine on an open source platform known as Mesos. It’s the same platform used by other major tech companies like Airbnb and Twitter, and Mesos says Siri will be one of the largest Mesos clusters.

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