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Apple Maps beats Google Maps… on iPhones

This week it's been suggested by Apple that Apple Maps has overtaken Google Maps on iOS devices by a large margin. Apple suggests with the Associated Press that its mapping service is "now used more than three times as often as its next leading competitor on iPhone and iPads, with more than 5 billion map-related requests each week." What does an iPhone user do when they need a map? They tap the app called Maps.

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OMG Snapchat is down, it’s not just you!

This morning Snapchat when down and millions of users were forced to resort to social networks like Twitter and Facebook to completely, utterly freak. Yes, Facebook and Twitter, social networks in which messages do not disappear. Complaints were lodged without hashtags, without @ symbols, and even without the word Snapchat spelled correctly. It was a terrible time for the otherwise Snapchatter-free networks that, as of late, had only been housing complaints about politicians and coffee cups.

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Apple could be moving iPhones to OLED by 2018

Long overdue change or wishful thinking? Chances are, Apple fans, particularly those who pay much attention to technical details such as this, might be split over this latest rumor. According to Japanese site Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, the Cupertino-based tech company is planning to launch iPhones with OLED screens in 2018, which would be named the iPhone 8, with Japanese display maker JDI said to be in talks to be Apple's supplier when that time comes around. That is, of course, it if comes around at all.

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Facebook Creative Labs’ experimental hub of apps is dead

Facebook Riff, Facebook Rooms, and Facebook Slingshot are all about to be tossed into the garbage as Facebook Creative Labs is axed. This environment for Facebook employee creativity and exploration has been ended - sort of. The /Labs bit of Facebook.com does not exist any longer, nor does the address /FacebookCreativeLabs - though that address hadn't been used for a while. Facebook representatives are suggesting that this does not mean that developers will no longer be encouraged to experiment.

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Dropbox trashes Mailbox and Carousel

It would appear that both Mailbox and Carousel have not been nearly popular enough for Dropbox to continue running the lot. The one is used for email, the other for photos. The both of these apps and ecosystems have not found enough users to remain feasible to continue running. Dropbox has decided that the features that people love best will be rolled into products that remain viable - like Dropbox and the lesser-known Paper.

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Apple Watch now connects to DxO ONE iPhone camera

This week the folks at DxO have announced some feature upgrades to their relatively new add-on camera system for the iPhone: DxO ONE. This system connects to the side of your iPhone - or the bottom, however you'd like to look at it - and adds some high-powered photography and videography capture abilities with a completely separate camera module. One key feature in this update is a connection with the Apple Watch, giving the watch the ability to remotely trigger the camera from afar.

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4-inch iPhone with A9 chip, Apple Pay in 2016, says latest report

Ming-Chi Kuo, the KGI Securities analyst with the Apple rumor track record that makes fans listen and take notice whenever he issues a report, has released his latest thoughts on the oft-speculated new 4-inch iPhone. Kuo says that he expects the device, which would be sold alongside the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, will see release in early 2016, with a form factor similar to that of 2013's iPhone 5s.

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iPhone was most popular device on Flickr in 2015

Flickr recently released its “Year in Review” report, which details the most popular photos on its service over the past year, as well as the devices its users most commonly used to capture their photos. In the latter case, the popular ‘camera’ of the year, at least as far as Flickr users go, was the iPhone, which was used to capture 42-percent of the service’s photos, beating out the Canon EOS and Nikon D cameras.

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Vivo X6 and Plus released, both join the HTC/iPhone lookalike club

This week the folks at Vivo have decided to reveal a set of device by the name of Vivo X6 and Vivo X6 Plus. These devices should look fairly familiar to you. They have a set of details that will remind you instantly of either an HTC One or an iPhone, depending on what you're more familiar with. They might even remind you of a Samsung Galaxy S6. They've all joined a family of machines that come from a single design philosophy - one where the front of the phone is white or black and covered with glass while the back is metal or glass and has two two antenna bands.

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OnePlus sells iPhone cases with a dash of snark [UPDATE]

Wait a second, you might be saying, isn't OnePlus the company that sells that one Android phone? Yes, yes they are that one company. But now they've decided to start selling iPhone cases as well. They'd doing so with their own unique "Sandstone" backing in place - the material they've got on their main device, the OnePlus 2. In their listing of this case, they make sure to drive home the point that you're not buying a fancy new OnePlus device, you're just trying to hide the fact that you've purchased an iPhone instead.

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