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One last (semi-secret) reason Apple bought Beats

One last (semi-secret) reason Apple bought Beats

Beyond the already-spoken reasons Apple bought Beats, it occurred to me just recently that there might've been a less obvious line of reasoning, one that had to do with the iPhone 7. On July 28th of 2016, NPD Group's Retail Tracking Service reported that, for the first time in the history of headphones, Bluetooth headphone revenue overtook non-Bluetooth. To see this coming many, many moons ahead of time, Apple may only have had to purchase the biggest brand in headphones.

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Jade Empire Special Edition kicks its way into iOS, Mac

Jade Empire Special Edition kicks its way into iOS, Mac

Mobile games are a dime a dozen these days, but very few are those that will keep you engrossed in a non-repetitive task for hours on end. That kind of experience is more common in PC, or console, games, especially those from years back. But what if you could have the best of both worlds? That’s exactly what Aspyr Media has accomplished by bringing Jade Empire, one of BioWare’s classic RPGs from PC to iOS and Mac. And this time, it isn’t one of them wizard and elf types.

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Apple vs Samsung case reignited: $119.6 million owed (again)

Apple vs Samsung case reignited: $119.6 million owed (again)

An appeals court this week says that Apple is once again in a position to demand $119.6 million USD from Samsung for patent infringement. The original verdict was thrown out earlier this year - back in February - but in an 8-3 ruling the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed that order. They went on to suggest that Samsung could be liable for even more cash, depending on whether the trial judge says that Samsung did any intentional copyright infringement.

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Anki Overdrive Supertrucks Review

Anki Overdrive Supertrucks Review

The folks behind the Anki remote control car group have released a new set of vehicles for all of our racing and smashing needs: Supertrucks. These miniature beasts play in to the Anki system of infrared camera-embedded car racing like hammers in a drawer full of nails, making it a wild new experience to attempt racing cars on the same track.

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Pokemon GO gym training now involve six Pokemon

Pokemon GO gym training now involve six Pokemon

In the Pokemon games and anime, a trainer can battle with as much as 6 Pokemon, depending on the agreed rules of the battle or a gym. In fact, in the game you can really only have 6 with you at a time, sending the others back to “storage”. In Pokemon GO, however, training inside gyms has been limited to one and only one Pokemon at a time. Well, that is until now. Niantic Labs has announced an update that will finally bring gym training on par with gym battles, as well as expected Pokemon consistency, by allowing you to have six at a time during your session.

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Facebook Messenger now offers end-to-end encryption to all users

Facebook Messenger now offers end-to-end encryption to all users

Earlier this year, Facebook began testing end-to-end encryption in Messenger through a new feature called Secret Conversations. Initially the feature was only available to a select number of users, but that's been changing over the past few weeks, with Facebook rolling Secret Conversations out to every Messenger user - all 900 million of them.

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Pokemon GO still pulls in $2 million in gross revenue per day

Pokemon GO still pulls in $2 million in gross revenue per day

It isn't uncommon to see some folks on the internet claiming that Pokemon GO is dead. While it's true that you're not likely to see as many people playing as you did when Pokemon GO fever was at its peak, a recent report from Newzoo shows that the game is far from dead, still managing to pull in $2 million per day without counting the cut Apple and Google take. That certainly isn't chump change, and it shows that a significant number of people are still playing and downloading the game.

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iPad Pro 2017 release tipped with iPad mini Pro and new 12.9-inch model

iPad Pro 2017 release tipped with iPad mini Pro and new 12.9-inch model

Those who follow Apple news will know that the rumor mill rarely stops churning, and today that mill is at it again, delivering new whispers of Apple's incoming iPad Pro releases. A new report by Macotakara (as reported by 9to5Mac) details the three new iPad Pro models that are rumored to be arriving in spring of 2017, dishing some details screen sizes, speakers, and cameras.

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Facebook Marketplace takes aim at Craigslist for peer-to-peer selling

Facebook Marketplace takes aim at Craigslist for peer-to-peer selling

Citing the fact that 450 million Facebook users are participating in buy and sell groups each month, Facebook has decided to roll out a new feature called Marketplace. This new feature seems to be taking aim at Craigslist, offering location-based discovery instead of a general online storefront where people can sell to anyone anywhere in the world.

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Windows Hello authentication could come to Android, iOS

Windows Hello authentication could come to Android, iOS

When it comes to authentication systems, particularly those involving biometric sensors, Microsoft might be considered a latecomer to the party. That said, its Windows Hello platform might actually end up being the most pervasive in the end. That’s because, based on slides and statements made by the company during it recent Ignite 2016 conference, Windows Hello might actually work on more than just Microsoft’s devices, including Android phones and iPhones. When that will happen and to what extent, however, remains shrouded in uncertainty.

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‘Game of Thrones’ novels get iBooks-exclusive enhanced editions

‘Game of Thrones’ novels get iBooks-exclusive enhanced editions

George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones series has become a huge hit worldwide thanks to the HBO drama, but the original books are just as popular in their own right. To help celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first novel in the series, Apple's iBooks store is releasing new, exclusive digital versions in the form of their enhanced editions, featuring interactive elements and artwork.

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The CW network releases cable subscription-free Apple TV app

The CW network releases cable subscription-free Apple TV app

US television network The CW is making the jump into set-top box streaming in a way that can only be described as a cord cutter's dream come true: with no requirement for a cable subscription. In addition to updating its iOS app, the network has released a new app for the fourth-gen Apple TV that allows viewers to watch The CW — including brand-new episodes of its shows — for free with no login or authentication of a cable subscription.

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