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Apple programming language Swift goes open source

Apple programming language Swift goes open source

Apple has officially made Swift, its programming language that it first announced at WWDC 2014, an open source project. The company announced its intentions to do so earlier this year, and has now posted the Swift compiler's source code and standard library functions and objects online at its own website, Swift.org. By making Swift open source, it allows developers to use language as they please, making things other than apps for iOS and Mac OS X if they wish.

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4-inch iPhone with A9 chip, Apple Pay in 2016, says latest report

4-inch iPhone with A9 chip, Apple Pay in 2016, says latest report

Ming-Chi Kuo, the KGI Securities analyst with the Apple rumor track record that makes fans listen and take notice whenever he issues a report, has released his latest thoughts on the oft-speculated new 4-inch iPhone. Kuo says that he expects the device, which would be sold alongside the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, will see release in early 2016, with a form factor similar to that of 2013's iPhone 5s.

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iPhone was most popular device on Flickr in 2015

iPhone was most popular device on Flickr in 2015

Flickr recently released its “Year in Review” report, which details the most popular photos on its service over the past year, as well as the devices its users most commonly used to capture their photos. In the latter case, the popular ‘camera’ of the year, at least as far as Flickr users go, was the iPhone, which was used to capture 42-percent of the service’s photos, beating out the Canon EOS and Nikon D cameras.

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New iPhone 6s ads spotlight attentive Siri, ridiculous power

New iPhone 6s ads spotlight attentive Siri, ridiculous power

The "6s" in its name might suggest that the iPhone 6s is a small bump up from the iPhone 6, but names can be deceptive and Apple wants to make sure you understand what that means. As part of its "not much has changed" reverse psychology marketing campaign, Apple has released two new video ads for the iPhone 6s. One capitalizes on the fact that now, Siri can be activated hands-free at any time. The other focuses on just how powerful the new smartphone really is.

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Vivo X6 and Plus released, both join the HTC/iPhone lookalike club

Vivo X6 and Plus released, both join the HTC/iPhone lookalike club

This week the folks at Vivo have decided to reveal a set of device by the name of Vivo X6 and Vivo X6 Plus. These devices should look fairly familiar to you. They have a set of details that will remind you instantly of either an HTC One or an iPhone, depending on what you're more familiar with. They might even remind you of a Samsung Galaxy S6. They've all joined a family of machines that come from a single design philosophy - one where the front of the phone is white or black and covered with glass while the back is metal or glass and has two two antenna bands.

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AT&T grandfathered unlimited plans pricing hike incoming [UPDATE]

AT&T grandfathered unlimited plans pricing hike incoming [UPDATE]

The release date for the increase of prices for AT&T's grandfathered Unlimited Data plans has struck - coming your way this February. At that time, AT&T will hike the price from $30 for an unlimited data plan - which is insane by today's standards - to $35 USD. SO it's not so terrible. For now. This keeps AT&T's prices below the hikes of their main competition, with Verizon's still at $49 a month and T-Mobile's at $45. Then there's the throttling. Always with the throttling.

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Sonos: Apple Music streaming arrives December 15

Sonos: Apple Music streaming arrives December 15

Sonos has announced upcoming support for Apple Music, with the beta for such being scheduled to kick off on December 15. In a statement today, company CEO John MacFarlane said the company is “excited” about the pending beta, which will lend a preview of the service, albeit an early one; this will give users of both a chance to provide feedback and “shape the experience” of using Apple Music through Sonos.

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Analyst says Google and Apple to lead EV market

Analyst says Google and Apple to lead EV market

Tesla has proven that a relatively new automaker can have a big impact in the EV market. It's also no secret that Google is working hard on autonomous vehicles and rumors keep hinting that Apple is working on an electric vehicle. Analyst Katy Huberty from Morgan Stanley recently published a note to clients that says she expects Apple and Google to lead the electric car race.

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Innergie PowerGear USB-C 45 charger supports multiple voltages

Innergie PowerGear USB-C 45 charger supports multiple voltages

Apple's new line of MacBook notebook computers charge using a small USB-C connector. The upside to this small port is that it is compact and take up little space allowing notebooks to be thinner. The downside is that there aren't that many available aftermarket power adapters to choose from. A company called Innergie has a new USB-C power adapter that supports multiple DC output voltages.

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