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Smartphone Shipments leveling out: everyone already has one

Smartphone Shipments leveling out: everyone already has one

A smartphone unit shipments report released today suggests that basically everyone in the world who wants a smartphone already has one. This week Mary Meeker from VIA Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers have released her annual Internet Trends report for 2016, showing - in the process - how growth has slowed in smartphone unit shipments. This does not mean end sales, mind you, just shipments from manufacturing plants to distributors. This is not sales - but it's certainly indicative of some interestingly dire trends.

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Galaxy Note 5 beats all other phones in customer satisfaction index

Galaxy Note 5 beats all other phones in customer satisfaction index

Today the ACSI Telecommunications Report 2016 has revealed consumer satisfaction in smartphones in the United States. This American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) report is run on "interviews with roughly 70,000 customers annually", asking questions about customer satisfaction in brands including Apple, Motorola, Samsung, LG, HTC, and more. Measures are reported on a scale of 0 to 100, 100 being the most satisfied. You might be surprised who holds the number 4 spot - it's not a phone released this year, nor last year, believe it or not.

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MEEM is the first cable that backs up your phone

MEEM is the first cable that backs up your phone

I'm terrible about backing up my phone. I generally only need to charge it overnight, so I simply dock it when I go to sleep. And since I'm only at my computer for the first half of the day, I rarely think about plugging it in to sync. Well one company wants to help you backup your phone every time that you charge it.

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iPhone 7’s key details leaked in Taiwan

iPhone 7’s key details leaked in Taiwan

Today the full run-down of key iPhone 7 features appears to have leaked, including specifications and appearance. This includes a refresh that's not entirely all-new - in fact it aligns rather well with the report we released yesterday, one in which we speak about a 3-year cycle for Apple instead of their standard 2-year cycle. It could be 2017 before we see an OLED panel on an iPhone. For now, simplicity. For now - another very iPhone 6-looking design.

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Major details: iPhone 7 cycle change means minor release

Major details: iPhone 7 cycle change means minor release

Sources this morning suggest that the next "major" upgrade for the iPhone won't be in 2016, as expected, but pushed to 2017. While there will still be a release this year - a new iPhone or two, that is - Japanese newspaper Nikkei reports that the so-called "iPhone 7" won't be the company's big upgrade as every other year generally holds. This works out with earlier reports of the new iPhones this year looking extremely similar to their predecessors. This could be Samsung's big chance to pull out and ahead of Apple with the Galaxy Note 6, instead of the other way around.

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First iPhone 7 Lightning to 3.5mm adapters spotted in the wild

First iPhone 7 Lightning to 3.5mm adapters spotted in the wild

It's long been rumored that the iPhone 7 will be losing a big feature when Apple announces it later this year. It may prove one of the most controversial changes that the company has made to the smartphone, as people have already been up in arms about it. After all, nearly every pair of headphones uses a 3.5mm jack, so what will customers do if Apple takes that port away?

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My iPhone 7 Wishlist in 3 parts (Not Just Android)

My iPhone 7 Wishlist in 3 parts (Not Just Android)

Today in light of the surprising lack of iPhone leaks and relative deluge of details we've seen unofficially so far, I'd like to share what I'm hopeful for in a new iPhone. The next iPhone, one we'll safely assume will be called iPhone 7, will be a device - I hope - of unparalleled processing power and battery life. It'll have a better camera and a slightly modified body, and of course it'll have a display that's better than before. But what's more than that, most important to me - it'll have a little more freedom.

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AmpMe pairs iPhone with Android – and it’s amazing

AmpMe pairs iPhone with Android – and it’s amazing

The app AmpMe isn't strictly new - it's been around since last fall - but it's just gotten YouTube integration and therefore has become a monster. This app works on iPhone and Android - each platform just as well as the other - and it's basically magical. If you were looking for a reason not to toss your old smartphone from 6 years ago in the garbage (for whatever reason), here it is - every smartphone in the room can become one speaker system wirelessly, without hassle.

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Apple must sell locally-sourced goods to sell iPhones in India

Apple must sell locally-sourced goods to sell iPhones in India

China and India are today considered to be the largest and fastest growing smartphone markets outside the US, but both have their own quirks that are preventing Apple from gaining a solid foothold. While China's restrictive regime and censorship has Cupertino's digital content services in limbo, India's economical policies are proving to be a stumbling block to selling iPhones and iPads directly. A senior government official revealed that Apple, like other foreign companies, must sell at least 30% locally sourced goods if it wants to set up shop in India.

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Pokemon GO Beta begins today in USA

Pokemon GO Beta begins today in USA

Today the Pokemon Company have opened the floodgates - just a TINY bit - for US Beta Testers of the augmented reality game Pokemon GO. This game will allow gamers around the world to find and collect and battle Pokemon as they appear in the real (augmented) world. This is a sort of Mixed Reality game in that part is played on the phone, part in augmented reality, and eventually part in virtual reality. We've yet to see the last of these, but the first begins today!

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Twitter’s new “140” rules made simple

Twitter’s new “140” rules made simple

Today Twitter updated rules on which bits of your tweet count towards the service's 140-character limit - there are new rules. This isn't like your old Twitter. This is a brand new dawn, a place where up is down and down is counted towards your limit - unless it has an @ symbol in front of it and was tweeted as a reply to another tweet. These rules and a whole lot more can be simple - we've gone ahead and made a list of rules for you.

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Apple needs to make a Chromebook

Apple needs to make a Chromebook

Why would Apple consider adopting a hardware and software model similar to Google's ChromeOS for an Apple Chromebook? Would that be absolute madness? Or would Apple be smart to make use of the ecosystems of apps it already has in place in new and interesting ways? We've not yet seen Google's newest move with ChromeOS take shape in the wild, it's clear that there's some real interest in adopting - nay, accepting - apps made for Android coming to a desktop environment. Now is the time when Apple should open the path from mobile to laptop.

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