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Apple: 68% of 101% of devices visiting App Store run iOS 8

Apple: 68% of 101% of devices visiting App Store run iOS 8

According to Apple, iOS 8 adoption is now at 68%. The last iteration of their mobile operating system, iOS 7, is at 29%. As for ‘older’ variants of iOS, 4% of people are still using a dates OS, according to Apple. The numbers detail a strong Christmas showing, too, with iOS 8 growing form 64% of December 22 — likely due to new activations. There’s more to the story, of course, but Apple is still wrong. We’re sure they know their distribution numbers, but they’re still wrong.

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Ring Doorbell hands-on: See who’s at the door through your smartphone

Ring Doorbell hands-on: See who’s at the door through your smartphone

Wondering who’s at your door when that bell goes off is either alarming for some or curious for others. The Ring acts as an internet camera door bell that displays on your smartphone and shows you who’s at your door step when that bell goes off. The functionality is cool because now when you're busy or not, you don't have get up to answer the door, let alone talk to whoever it could be. Just answer the door from wherever you are or not. The smart doorbell has me wondering how fun its going to be now when people ring the door.

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Schlage smart locks hands-on: putting your voice to work

Schlage smart locks hands-on: putting your voice to work

Our smartphones today are being unlocked by a variety of secure methods, ranging from the traditional pin code, to fingerprints, to voice. What if those same secure methods were available to secure our doors as well? Except for the fingerprint part, Schlage pretty much has you covered. Here at CES 2015, we take a quick hands-on of the company's new generation of smart locks that keeps your door and your phone connected, even when you're far away. It even has one that can be unlocked just using your voice.

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VW adding CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink in 2015

VW adding CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink in 2015

Volkswagen will add CarPlay and Android Auto support to its cars later this year, the company has confirmed, with the arrival of a new second-gen "modular infotainment platform" in models like the Golf. The system will bring both Apple and Google's smartphone connectivity - which each offers a pared-back interface more suitable for prodding while driving - under VW's App-Connect branding, in addition to MirrorLink support for four of the company's smartphone apps, including building a shared playlist from all the phones and tablets in the car and streaming them for the perfect driving soundtrack.

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Strings messaging service lets you take back what you sent

Strings messaging service lets you take back what you sent

Now that you’ve done your partying and charged your phone up, check out your messages. did you send anything you maybe shouldn’t have? Do you regret any of those “Happy New Year!” messages? Well, they’re all out there now, aren’t they. If only there was an app that would let you pull back your messages or photos. Wait, there is — Strings. The new messaging platform lets you yank sent messages back, even if the recipient has received them and laughed at you already.

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Milk app pulled from App Store while team regroups

Milk app pulled from App Store while team regroups

Milk, the app that potentially saved you quite a bit of cash at the grocery store, is going on sabbatical. In an email to users, Milk says they’re puling their app from the App Store and ditching support for it. don’t worry, though, it’s not long term. Milk says they’re concentrating on “working with manufacturers and grocery stores on a new version of Milk that delivers a better experience for more people”. There was no timetable for return noted, nor did they say what the new-look Milk would change.

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Wearables mean we’ve popped the smartphone bubble

Wearables mean we’ve popped the smartphone bubble

Manufacturers couldn't cram any more socially acceptable functionality into their smartphones, so they moved their smartphones to your wrist. When we first started seeing so-called "Wearable" devices, it was clear: these devices were either going to be wristwatches or they were going to be extra-tiny smartphones. Or tablets, if you're talking about the devices without phone capabilities. Once the smartwatch launched with a tiny version of Android onboard, it wasn't difficult to access: smartphone innovation was over, and the hype machine was back in action.

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iPhone 6s mini: do you need another small smartphone?

iPhone 6s mini: do you need another small smartphone?

Rumors abound, Apple may release another 4-inch iPhone in the near future. Instead of abandoning the 4-inch iPhone 5 and 5s, Apple is said this week to be rolling out a "low end" handset with updated specifications and a price point to match. This handset would - unsurprisingly - look and feel similar to the iPhone 6. Components will likely match those of the iPhone 5s, fingerprint sensor and 8-megapixel camera included - and sell for the lowest price point as the iPhone 5s does now.

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Apple’s ‘12 Days of Gifts’ promo noticeably absent this year

Apple’s ‘12 Days of Gifts’ promo noticeably absent this year

Bad news this year for bargain iOS app hunters: It appears that Apple has no plans to offer its "12 Days of Gifts" promotion as the year 2014 winds down. For the past six years, from December 26th to January 6th Apple offered a free download each day to iOS users, with freebies including apps, games, and songs from iTunes. Seeing as how it's already December 28th and there's been no sign of the "Gifts" app itself, or word from Apple about the promo, it's a safe bet that we won't be seeing it this year.

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Minecraft: Pocket Edition was Christmas Day’s top grossing iOS app

Minecraft: Pocket Edition was Christmas Day’s top grossing iOS app

It's expected for some of the most popular apps for Apple's iPhone and iPad to get a boost in sales around Christmas. Whether it's people taking advantage of holiday discounts or redeeming gift cards, Christmas is a good time to have a popular app listed high on the download charts. But this year, one paid app in particular made the most money across the entire iOS platform on Christmas Day: Minecraft: Pocket Edition. That the $7 game did so well is no doubt a success for developer Mojang and new franchise owners Microsoft.

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