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Smartphone shipments top 1.5b in 2016 with Apple leading in Q4

Smartphone shipments top 1.5b in 2016 with Apple leading in Q4

It appears that 2016 was a pretty good year for the smartphone industry, at least according to new data from Strategy Analytics. The analytics firm announced that smartphone shipments managed to hit an impressive 1.49 billion last year. That's a new record for the industry, and it represents a 3% year-over-year rise in total smartphone shipments from 2015.

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Apple counting on Trump tax reform to bring foreign cash home

Apple counting on Trump tax reform to bring foreign cash home

Apple ended Q1 2017 with $246 billion in cash, the vast majority of which is outside of the US, with CEO Tim Cook "optimistic" that tax reform will allow that to be brought back this year. The news came as part of Apple's record three-month period ending December 31 2016, with "blockbuster" iPhone sales and average selling price of each handset being $695. However, a growing amount of Apple's cash is locked up abroad.

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iPhone sales set new record but iPad plummet continues in Q1 2017

iPhone sales set new record but iPad plummet continues in Q1 2017

Apple has announced its latest first quarter earnings, revealing good numbers mostly across the board, including an all-time quarterly revenue record. iPhone sales are particularly exciting, with company CEO Tim Cook announcing that Apple sold more iPhones over this past holiday season than ever before. It wasn't all good news, though, as the iPad -- while climbing a bit over the company's Q4 2016 numbers -- saw significant year-on-year decreases.

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Apple has record quarter: $78.4bn in Q1 2017

Apple has record quarter: $78.4bn in Q1 2017

Apple has had a record-breaking financial quarter, confounding market expectations with its highest holiday quarter results ever. The Cupertino company announced revenue for the Q1 2017 fiscal quarter of $78.4 billion, for $3.36 earnings per diluted share. That's up $2.5bn compared to the same three month period a year ago.

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Chrome on iOS is open-sourced at last

Chrome on iOS is open-sourced at last

Google's Chrome web browser has been brought to the open source universe thanks to years of upstreaming work by its developers. Google historically kept the code for Chrome for iOS separate from the Chromium project because of what they call "constraints on the iOS platform." With iOS for iPhone and iPad, all web browsers are required to have been built on top of the WebKit rendering engine - Google just made it possible to skip that worry.

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Apple Activation Lock status may have been used for hacking

Apple Activation Lock status may have been used for hacking

Over the weekend, Apple silently pulled out what was previously an effective anti-theft measure, the Activation Lock status checker webpage. Despite increased media coverage, Apple has remained silent on exactly why. Although it still hasn’t confirmed it, some speculation by MacRumors may point to the reason both for the removal of the tool as well as Apple’s silence. The anti-theft tool might have ironically been abused as a tool to bypass locked devices and gain access to those.

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Apple Watch Theatre Mode and SiriKit incoming in watchOS 3.2

Apple Watch Theatre Mode and SiriKit incoming in watchOS 3.2

Apple Watch developers are getting their first taste of watchOS 3.2 today, released today complete with SiriKit and Theatre Mode. The update, which is currently in beta and not officially available to general users, includes two new features which could significantly improve the usefulness of Apple's wearable and how comfortably it integrates with daily life. That includes not disturbing you while you're at the movies.

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Starbucks tackles voice ordering on iOS and Amazon Alexa

Starbucks tackles voice ordering on iOS and Amazon Alexa

You can already place your Starbucks orders using your smartphone, but today we're seeing the massive coffee company expand on that functionality by rolling out a voice ordering feature. For the moment, the feature is only available on iOS through the Starbucks mobile app, and only a select number of customers will have access to it at first. In other words, this is a small-scale beta test before a larger launch later in the year.

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Apple device Activation Lock Status tool suddenly vanishes

Apple device Activation Lock Status tool suddenly vanishes

A few years back, the rate of iPhone thefts have been so high that authorities have jokingly called the incidents “Apple picking”. Since then, measures have been put in place both to deter the theft and resale of stolen iPhones and iPads as well as to arm buyers with some knowledge about potential purchases. One such measure was the “Check Activation Lock Status” web page that allowed users to check if a device is still currently linked to an Apple account. “Was”, because over the weekend, Apple has mysteriously pulled down the tool and any reference to it but has offered no explanation why.

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Learning to love Apple CarPlay

Learning to love Apple CarPlay

If Apple is truly working on a car, as all the rumors suggest, then CarPlay is the visible tip of that iceberg. While I appreciated Apple's aim of distilling the familiar essentials from your iPhone in a way that was both safe and convenient while you're driving, it's taken me some time to appreciate what the fairly barebones interface has to offer. Still, it's more of a Stockholm syndrome relationship than I'd care to admit: I'm warming to CarPlay primarily because most in-car systems are so bad.

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This awesome iPhone 8 concept puts the camera in the Apple

This awesome iPhone 8 concept puts the camera in the Apple

Today we're looking at a concept design for the "iPhone 8" - or what might end up being called the iPhone 7s. What's particularly unique about this design isn't its ability to blow away the competition with higher-grade specifications or the newest materials in the world. Instead, this design aims at taking command of the smartphone market by putting the back-facing camera in an Apple logo.

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Apple has patented a vaporizer

Apple has patented a vaporizer

Using a vaporizer — that is, the act of vaping — has officially been deemed uncool by society, but will that stigma remain if Apple gets into the game? A new patent has surfaced showing the Cupertino company has patented a vaping device that sounds similar to most of the other models already on the market, but with a different type of heating element. Per the patent, this vaporizer will feature a chamber in which a 'substance' is placed to be turned into vapor using a heating element.

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