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Apple iPad remains king of tablets despite market decline

Apple iPad remains king of tablets despite market decline

Despite being nearly a decade in existence, if you consider the very first iPad as your starting point, tablets continue to have a rocky existence in the market. While not as unstable as wearables, tablet sales have continued to decline over the years after a golden age early in its life. The latest figures coming from market analysis experts IDC and Strategy Analytics aren’t exactly encouraging. But despite the odds Apple retains its spot as the top dog in the now shrinking tablet market.

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One glorious, super-fragile “iPhone 8”

One glorious, super-fragile “iPhone 8”

This afternoon we're having a peek at an iPhone 8 concept video which puts the home button on high alert. Instead of getting rid of the home button - as I expect Apple will eventually do - designer Thadeu Brandão decided the button just needed a renewed purpose. That in mind, Brandão brought the functionality of the MacBook Pro touchbar back down to the mobile universe.

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How to download Fire Emblem Heroes on Android and iOS

How to download Fire Emblem Heroes on Android and iOS

Release day for Nintendo's Fire Emblem Heroes arrived this week in an odd array of countries - the United States not included. As luck would have it, though, we've been able to download and load the game - and play the game - on our Android smartphone this afternoon. This is regardless of its Google Play Store status - but we're still waiting on the first release for iTunes for iOS devices.

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QR code scanner now built in to Chrome app

QR code scanner now built in to Chrome app

This week the folks at Google have updated the iOS (and soon the Android) version of the Chrome web browser. This update uses the camera of the device it's running on to locate and scan QR codes as well as bar codes. This update essentially does away with the need for that additional QR and barcode scanner app that's been sitting unused or barely used in our app drawers for years.

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Nintendo should take Pokemon GO away from Niantic

Nintendo should take Pokemon GO away from Niantic

Nintendo's released Super Mario Run for mobile devices and Fire Emblem Heroes soon approaches, but today we're talking about what could be. Today we're going to create the ideal game from scratch, without direct regard for how it'd get done. Today we're going to imagine what Nintendo could do to make the perfect game for mobile devices - one that'd capture the imagination and the coin from gamers and non-gamers alike, all around the world.

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Fire Emblem Heroes release begins on Android and iOS

Fire Emblem Heroes release begins on Android and iOS

Just a couple of weeks after giving its Fire Emblem mobile game a name, Nintendo is launching it on iOS and Android. Today is the day that strategy fans will be able to check out Fire Emblem Heroes, though it doesn't seem like all regions are getting it right away. The good news, however, is that it doesn't seem to be a timed exclusive for one platform, meaning it's launching on both iOS and Android at the same time.

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Apple working on MacBooks with ARM chips for low-power mode

Apple working on MacBooks with ARM chips for low-power mode

No, Apple isn’t working on ARM-powered MacBooks that will take on Chromebooks and 2-in-1 convertibles in the lower market segments. The report coming from Bloomberg, instead, highlights the addition of an ARM processor working alongside an Intel one. This ARM chip, however, will only kick in when the MacBook goes into low-power mode, thereby prolonging the laptop’s battery life. And while Apple may not have any short-term plans to ditch Intel’s chips, it still doesn’t bode well for Intel’s image in the power efficiency department.

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Linea app Review: Iconfactory blesses the iPad Pro

Linea app Review: Iconfactory blesses the iPad Pro

While most apps made for artwork and design for the iPad in this post-Apple-Pencil world have been thick with options, Linea is about the basics. The folks at The IconFactory have created an app that's meant to be for notes, for sketching, for planning, and they've included almost the perfect set of tools to do just about anything in this arena with ease. This isn't your everyday average "we made a drawing app in a week and it'll make you an ARTIST" sort of software - it's clearly been refined to a point where there's little else anyone could do to make it more "it just works" excellent.

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Here’s how to update your AirPods

Here’s how to update your AirPods

Apple has pushed out a new update to AirPods, bringing them up to firmware version 3.5.1. Unlike the updates we frequently see with iPhones and iPads, this firmware update isn't accompanied by any kind of patch notes. That makes it fairly difficult to figure out what, exactly, is changing with this update.

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Pokemon GO Valentines Day update: events plus conspiracy

Pokemon GO Valentines Day update: events plus conspiracy

Pokemon GO's next update and big event could reveal several Gen 2 Pokemon to the world, available for capture and use. On the other hand, if the Pokemon Company is putting up a temporary block for the game's regular updates, there could be something fishy going on. Realistically, we won't be expecting anything to happen in Pokemon GO until just before the 14th day of this month of February: Valentine's Day.

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Tim Cook teases new Apple iPhone, smart home, more

Tim Cook teases new Apple iPhone, smart home, more

An exciting new iPhone, advanced wearables, and a seamless smart home: Tim Cook was light on specifics but not short on the big picture as he described Apple's year to come. Speaking on his company's financial results call, in the afterglow of a record-breaking quarter which saw iPhone sales beat expectations and Mac turn around its decline, Cook name-checked a number of areas Apple will focus on moving forward. Even for struggling sectors like tablets, the CEO is buoyant.

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Super Mario Run’s Golden Goomba event has begun

Super Mario Run’s Golden Goomba event has begun

Nintendo is giving Super Mario Run players a reason to hop back into the game today, launching a new Golden Goomba event. This isn't the first event we've seen for Super Mario Run, but it's possibly the biggest yet, sending players on a game-wide hunt for these special Goombas. Finding and squashing them comes with a number of different perks as well, so serious Super Mario Run players will definitely want to partake.

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