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comScore: Apple, Samsung, LG gain as HTC sputters

comScore: Apple, Samsung, LG gain as HTC sputters

Of the estimated 182 million smartphone users in the United States, just over half use Android, according to comScore. The analytics firm just released their year-end report, and it shows just over 53% of us are using Android, while 41.6% are using iOS. Microsoft still holds a 3.4% market share with Windows, and BlackBerry fell hard, dropping half a point to capture just 1.8% of the overall smartphone market. In the OEM market share race, things are getting interesting, but are still dominated by Samsung and Apple.

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iOS 8.3 has wireless CarPlay, and 8.4 may have iTunes streaming

iOS 8.3 has wireless CarPlay, and 8.4 may have iTunes streaming

Earlier today, we heard an interesting rumor about iOS 9, which is said to offer up stability solutions rather than more features for us to play with. We’re a long way off from iOS 9, though, which leaves plenty of time to actually get us more features built into iOS for our iPhones and iPads. With iOS 8.3 already in testing and packing in some CarPlay functionality, it seems iOS 8.4 just might bring us that iTunes streaming service we've long been looking forward to.

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Skype update for iOS, Android good news for other apps

Skype update for iOS, Android good news for other apps

Microsoft has been making several dedicated attempts to make Skype a useful tool rather than an unnecessary legacy add-on of late, with real-time translation being the most headline-grabbing update rolling in. Now Skype is announcing a few upgrades for Android users, with offline photo sharing coming via an update. Now Skype users can send photos to friends who may be offline, which will be immediately viewable once that user logs back onto Skype. Skype for Android also has some other neat tricks, like running in the background while you use other apps.

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iOS 9 said to focus on bug fixes and performance

iOS 9 said to focus on bug fixes and performance

Apple’s release of iOS 7 laid the groundwork for a new aesthetic across handheld devices. With iOS 8, there were a lot of new tricks Apple let loose, with Continuity, Handoff, and other satellite offerings like Family Share giving us reason to make our iPads and iPhones go-to devices. Now, a new rumor suggests iOS 9 will get some under-the-hood improvements, and become a lot less fussy. Now that we’ve got a pretty, useful operating system, it seems Apple wants to make it more reliable.

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Know the odds of your plane crashing with ‘Am I Going Down?’

Know the odds of your plane crashing with ‘Am I Going Down?’

'Am I Going Down?' is an iOS app that tell you the chances of your plane crashing after you enter your flight details. The premise might sound a little stupid, or even like some kind of joke in poor taste, but it is in fact a serious attempt to ease the very real fears that some people have of flying. After being given the various parameters, the app uses math based on real data to show you the figures of how unlikely it is that your flight is going to crash.

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Confide might be the most secure messaging app we’ve ever seen

Confide might be the most secure messaging app we’ve ever seen

Ephemeral messaging apps are popular, but they aren’t quite confidential. You can typically take a screenshot of what was sent to you, which preserves the moment for an eternity. The embarrassment potential is clear, but what about those times you really need to send confidential info, but don’t have time to chat on the phone (which seems to be the chosen method)? An app named Confide might help with that, and offers a much more secure way to send private info.

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Android tweaks that bring a taste of iOS 8

Android tweaks that bring a taste of iOS 8

iOS 8 brought a lot of fancy new stuff to the iPhone, some of which seem like a good idea for any mobile platform. But rather than gnash their teeth in envy, Android users can still get some of those benefits on their smartphones as well. No, we won't be theming Android to make it look like Apple's smartphone. There are a lot of those already out there. What we will do here is to take a look at some of those nice features and show how Android lovers can them too.

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Mac app PhoneExpander frees up storage on your iPhone or iPad

Mac app PhoneExpander frees up storage on your iPhone or iPad

At launch, the 16GB option for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus seemed entirely too limited. If you were one of the anxious bunch who snapped up a new iPhone with the smaller memory option, or have an older one with a similarly svelte internal storage, we’ve got good news for you. A new app for your Mac can help clear up some space, and even tell you which apps might be soaking up more memory than you’d like. Even better, the app is free.

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Snapchat is down: double-check your snaps

Snapchat is down: double-check your snaps

Since about 3PM Eastern Time today, the social network Snapchat has been down for the count for users across the United States. and in various places in Western Europe. This service appears knocked out for a wide variety of users though the official Snapchat Support Snapchat Status suggests "All systems normal." Don't panic - you're not alone. There's always the internet, and there ARE other social networks out there where you're going to be able to seek support. You're going to just have to stay strong.

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Apple iOS grabbed OS share lead in US in Q4

Apple iOS grabbed OS share lead in US in Q4

New smartphone sales data is in for the US looking at Q4 2014 from Kantar Worldpanel CamTech. The data from the research firm shows that Apple iOS lead the US OS share for the first time since Q4 2012 during the important 2014 holiday shopping season. The metrics show that Apple's sales grew market share in the US, Europe, and China during the quarter.

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