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Hodor Keyboard born in iOS 8’s Swift

Hodor Keyboard born in iOS 8’s Swift

This week Game of Thrones is getting its own unofficial keyboard with Hodor. This keyboard was born this week in the wake of the introduction of Swift, Apple’s new mobile operating system developer language. You’ll find two iterations of this keyboard out in the wild - at least two, at this point - another appearing made by a completely different developer for Android.

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iOS 8 round-up: Apple paves the way for hardware

iOS 8 round-up: Apple paves the way for hardware

Apple’s newest version of their mobile operating system, iOS 8, builds on the look and feel of iOS 7. Inside you’ll find a number of feature updates on the surface, but - especially important since it was introduced at a developer conference - you’ll find more underneath the surface than meets the eye. Apple suggests that iOS 8 is "Huge for developers. Massive for everyone else."

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Osmo turns iPad into AR arena for kids

Osmo turns iPad into AR arena for kids

Osmo is an ecosystem of learning tools - apps and accessories - that transform the Apple iPad into a kid-friendly center for augmented reality. Two key components are a stand - holding the iPad up straight - and a mirror, allowing the iPad’s front-facing camera to work with the area in front of the tablet. From there, it’s all about the apps.

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iPhone and Bentley team for ultra-luxe portable studio

iPhone and Bentley team for ultra-luxe portable studio

The gap between professional cameras and smartphones continues to narrow, and now Bentley is getting in on the act with a new documentary that ostensibly pimps luxury, but is quietly a paean to what you can do with an iPhone and an iPad, particularly if they're embedded in the motorized tables for your back-seats. A new video, dubbed Intelligent Details, takes the Bentley Mulsanne - the car company's most expensive and luxurious sedan - as its centerpiece, but distinguishes itself by having been entirely filmed and edited on iOS devices.

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Apple iPhone and iPad sales: 43.7m and 16.4m in Q2 2014

Apple iPhone and iPad sales: 43.7m and 16.4m in Q2 2014

Apple sold 43.7m iPhones in Q2 2014, while iPad sales reached 16.4m, with phone sales rising compared to the previous year, though the same could not be said of the tablet category. Sales of the iPhone decreased 14-percent quarter-on-quarter - though were up 17-percent year-on-year - while revenue from smartphone sales dropped by a fifth to $26bn QoQ but up 14-percent YoY.

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iPad still dominates tablet web use but Samsung improves

iPad still dominates tablet web use but Samsung improves

The tablet market may have more options in it than ever before, but Apple's iPad still dominates usage in North America according to the latest research. Samsung made gains on the iPad in Q2 2014, stats firm Chitika says, but its 8.3-percent of the tablet web traffic pie pales in comparison to Apple's 77.2-percent, with the iPad's share declining slightly year-on-year but not enough to shift the chart considerably.

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