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Canon acquires Lifecake, a photos app for parents

Canon acquires Lifecake, a photos app for parents

Canon is among the camera companies feeling the squeeze from the proliferation of smartphone cameras, and so perhaps that is one of the reasons behind its new acquisition of Lifecake, the company behind the photo-sharing app for parents by the same name. This move will give Canon another sliver of the mobile pie, and is designed specifically for parents who want to chronicle their kids' lives and share what they record/photograph with other family and friends.

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Samsung unveils ‘Backup Memory’ app to help Alzheimer’s patients

Samsung unveils ‘Backup Memory’ app to help Alzheimer’s patients

Samsung has introduced a new app called “Backup Memory” designed specifically to help those afflicted with Alzheimers. The app is the result of an effort by Samsung Electronics Tunisia (SETN) workers, among them being Azer Jaafoura who said, “We wanted to make life easier for Alzheimer’s patients as well as their caretakers.” Ultimately they produced the Backup Memory app, which aims to stimulate the user’s memory (if they’re suffering from early Alzheimer’s, that is). Among other things, the app shows how the user is related to someone.

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Apple Services may soon beat hardware

Apple Services may soon beat hardware

It's Apple's Q2 2015 and one category stands out to me above all others: Services. While the iPhone has had a 40% growth over this time last year and the Mac has had 10% growth year over year, it's the Services category that I'm most interested in. Why? Because it contains Apple Pay and all of Apple's software stores. Because its growth has been far more tempered than any other category on Apple's basic Product Summary list, and because it's about to break past two categories for the first time in a long time: iPad and Mac.

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iPhone sales leap 40% over past year

iPhone sales leap 40% over past year

Today Apple reported their second quarter 2015 financial results with iPhone, Mac, and the App Store at the head of their release. In addition to an "all-time record performance" of the App Store, Apple reported that iPhone and Mac sales were amongst the best in any 2nd quarter in the history of the company. "The continued, strength of iPhone, Mac, and the App Store ..." said CEO Tim Cook, "drove our best March quarter results ever." Compared to last year at this time, iPhone sales look monstrous.

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Facebook Messenger scores video calling feature

Facebook Messenger scores video calling feature

Even if you don’t use Facebook as a way to share every mundane snippet of your day, there’s a good chance you use the social network’s Messenger app, which allows users to chat with each other, send files, and make voice calls. Joining that starting today is another feature, one that is keeping it on par with some other chatting app alternatives: video calling. With this, and as you’d expect, users can call each other and do so with live video feeds so they can see the person they’re talking to.

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Apple Watch Sport display is best (by a smidgen)

Apple Watch Sport display is best (by a smidgen)

Imagine your surprise when you check out an Apple Watch collection at an Apple Store this week and find that the best display isn't the most expensive. It's not the display that's making the difference, it's what's covering it. According to a study done this week by DisplayMate, the sapphire crystal that covers the OLED display on the Apple Watch does two things. One, it reflects light and creates significant glare in bright conditions. Two, it protects your display far better than glass.

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Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 Review: Surprisingly Good

Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 Review: Surprisingly Good

The device you're seeing here is not what it seems. While you might have never owned an Alcatel smartphone before - and you might never have even seen one in the wild - they've been around for a while. Here, with the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3, the company has created a device that aims to take out the top tier with a surprisingly lower-tier bit of cost. While this smartphone does not break the bank, it certainly brings some heat to the feet of its far more expensive competitors.

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Apple Watch requirements: lower friction, faster access

Apple Watch requirements: lower friction, faster access

The Apple Watch has been launched today - more or less - and is being proliferated around the world through the eyes and ears of onlookers. While some consumers have gotten their devices, most of the population of the world has yet to jump aboard the smartwatch train - or even the wearables train. As such, we've had a talk with Andrej Kostresevic, CEO for Nomads, about what it'll take to bring the smartwatch to the public, starting with the idea that Android Wear has a "lack of friction" and the idea that Google Glass "failed."

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Zagg Pocket Keyboard Review – the last phablet keyboard you’ll ever need

Zagg Pocket Keyboard Review – the last phablet keyboard you’ll ever need

The Zagg Pocket Keyboard is a product I did not expect would be as awesome as it turned out to be. Zagg has made some awesome products in the past - they've never really let us down in the past - but they're not know for their particularly flashy or otherwise massively memorable presentations. That's not what we need here. What we need is a keyboard that works for a large smartphone - or any detached screen sort of device - that also folds down to a very small size. Zagg did it right.

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Understanding Apple Watch: Apps, Glances and Notifications

Understanding Apple Watch: Apps, Glances and Notifications

The great thing about a wearable like Apple Watch is that you need never miss anything from your digital life; the terrible thing is that it’s all too easy to get overwhelmed. While it might seem like a fantastic idea to offload every beep, ping, and vibration from the smartphone in your pocket to an easily-checked spot on your wrist, the reality is that not everything needs - or deserves - top tier attention. Luckily Apple’s notification options are reasonably granular, but that doesn’t mean this new flavor of apps can’t be confusing. Here’s what you need to know.

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