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Google Play has 60% more downloads, but App Store more lucrative

Google Play has 60% more downloads, but App Store more lucrative

App Annie released their year-in-review for 2014 today, and among all the charts and figures, one stood out. Navigating the ins and outs of Android and iOS is intriguing, with Android commanding the lion’s share of market percentage. Even with that, iOS users are time and again shown to use their devices more often; shopping more, browsing with greater frequency, and spending more. According to App Annie, Google Play’s download numbers have outpaced the App Store in a big way, but spending trends the opposite direction.

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Apple crushes it in China

Apple crushes it in China

Perhaps you expected that Apple's last seven quarters in China were going to be an indicator of a less-than-stellar holiday quarter reported this week? Analysts like Ben Bajarin suggested earlier this month that Apple's China iPhone sales would be monstrous, and could very well overtake sales in the USA - as it turns out, this wasn't very far off the mark. With $16,144,000,000 in profit in Greater China this quarter alone, year-over-year change was a whopping 157%, and Apple boosted sales in China quarter-to-quarter by 70%.

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Cook says 2015 is ‘year of Apple Pay’, and he’s right

Cook says 2015 is ‘year of Apple Pay’, and he’s right

Tim Cook expects 2015 to be “the year of Apple Pay”. Saying thier mobile payment option is “off to a very strong start”, the Apple CEO noted that 750 banks and credit unions are Apple Pay partners, now. Cook also let loose another bombshell statistic: Apple Pay accounts for two-thirds of all contactless payments using Visa, American Express, or MasterCard. Furthermore, mobile payments at Whole Foods have increased 400% on the back of Apple Pay. Other retailers are experiencing similar success with the platform.

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Apple sold 74.5 million iPhones in Q1 2015 — their best quarter ever

Apple sold 74.5 million iPhones in Q1 2015 — their best quarter ever

What did you expect from Apple? Analysts were hopeful Apple would have a very good quarter to start their fiscal 2015, but Apple did them one better. After reporting $18 billion in profit, their stock is ticking upward at a steady clip. How Apple got to these impressive figures isn’t mysterious — it’s hardware sales, advertising, and wetting their beak in sales of apps. With regard to hardware, Apple moved an astonishing 74.5 million iPhone during Q1 2015, which is the most they’ve ever sold in one quarter.

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Moment Case wants to make your iPhone 6 a point-and-shoot star

Moment Case wants to make your iPhone 6 a point-and-shoot star

Moment, makers of some pretty interesting iPhone lenses that snap onto your phone much like an Olloclip lens would, are back on crowdfunding site Kickstarter. After a wildly successful run with their lenses, the team has another impressive product with the Moment Case. Dubbed “the World’s best iPhone case for photography”, the Moment Case works with Moment’s proprietary lenses, but brings in some very DSLR features that mobile photography fans will be very interested in. The case has an actual shutter button, and lets you focus on moving objects, just like you would with a standalone camera.

 

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iPhones sales in China likely trump USA

iPhones sales in China likely trump USA

When it became clear that Apple was going to be able to enter China to grow their worldwide smartphone sales market, it was expected that this would be a major expansion. What we're hearing today is that Apple's sales of iPhones in China this quarter very likely surpassed those here in the United States. Estimates come from UBS and Creative Strategies, both analyst groups suggest that Apple's next quarterly earnings run-down will be a bit of a shocker.

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Chrome for iOS gets Material Design, Handoff support

Chrome for iOS gets Material Design, Handoff support

Today, Google is announcing they’re updating Chrome for iOS users. With the refresh, Google’s browser will get a Material Design makeover for iOS, as well as optimizations meant for iOS 8. It will also take advantage of the larger screen real estate made possible with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Interestingly, Google is supporting Handoff for iOS, and will allow you to pick up web pages on your “default browser on OS X”. Also, there are the stability improvements and bug fixes you’ll find with any update.

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3 Beijing men tunnel into warehouse, steal $225k in iPhones

3 Beijing men tunnel into warehouse, steal $225k in iPhones

Thieves who are desperate to get ahold of Apple merchandise via less than legal methods often resort to breaking into retail stores and making off with whatever is on the display tables. But these three men in Beijing, China were a bit more creative, not to mention had their minds set on a bigger score. Local police say the suspects they arrested dug a 20-inch hole through the wall of a logistics firm's warehouse in order to steal 240 iPhone 6s.

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Chipotle ‘very interested’ in implementing Apple Pay

Chipotle ‘very interested’ in implementing Apple Pay

You can use Apple Pay in a lot of locations, with Walgreens, Whole Foods, and McDonald’s all comprising the bulk of sales. There are still a large number of places you can’t use Apple Pay, unfortunately. Partners of competing platforms like CurrentC notwithstanding, plenty of stores and restaurants don’t accept the mobile payment method Apple bought forth with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, if they accept any at all. That is likely to change in 2015, and at least one major restaurant chain is very interested in Apple Pay.

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FLIR C2 and ONE thermal camera for iPhone and Android hands-on

FLIR C2 and ONE thermal camera for iPhone and Android hands-on

Two devices are coming from the team at FLIR Systems that will allow thermal imaging to be put into the hands of consumers this year. That means seeing the heat around you - like a Predator - through your smartphone. One device is a camera attachment for your smart device - iOS or Android - the other is a self-contained thermal imaging device - its own camera. This second device goes by the name "FLIR C2", a Thermal Camera that's small enough to fit in your pocket - like a smartphone but made for thermal imaging alone.

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