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Hours ahead of Apple’s major iPhone event, in which the company is widely expected to launch the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and the iPhone X, its partner Qualcomm has stirred controversy by saying that Android smartphone makers are always first to bring new cutting technology feature to their products.

Qualcomm has shared more than 20 examples to make the case for how Android smartphone makers have been the first ones to introduce new features. Some of those examples include – fingerprint under display (Qualcomm Reference Design Handset), bezel-less design (first introduced in Xiaomi Mi Mix from last year), OLED Display (LG Flex 2) and Facial Recognition (Samsung Galaxy S8). Interestingly these all features are expected to be selling points of Apple’s supposedly upcoming iPhone models that the company would unveil later today. Other notable mentions are Gigabit LTE (Samsung Galaxy S8) and Bluetooth v5.0 (everything running the Snapdragon 835 SoC).

The telecom giant’s brutal blog post comes months after both of them have sued each other in global patent licensing dispute. Earlier this year, Apple sued the chipmaker for roughly $1 billion claiming that Qualcomm has been “charging royalties for technologies they have nothing to do with.” At the time, Qualcomm dismissed Apple’s accusation. But months later, it filed a lawsuit against Apple, asking the US trade regulators to ban iPhone imports, as they allegedly infringe on six patents. The patents, owned by Qualcomm, provide technology to improve battery life, Qualcomm said.

Meanwhile, on the blog post published on Monday, Francisco Cheng, director of technical marketing said it has “enabled some notable world firsts on Android, and some remain Android exclusives to this day. […] Inventions from Qualcomm lay the foundation for so many technologies and experiences we value in our smartphones today — on Android and other platforms.”

Apple would certainly not appreciate Qualcomm’s constant commentary on how rival products are better, especially on the day when it plans to launch its own flagship iPhone models.



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The latest OS sales data figures from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech reveals that iOS adoption has seen a boost in three months ending October, all thanks to the sales of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Japan currently holds the top spot where iOS holds the greatest share at 51.7 percent of smartphone sales, followed by 44 percent in Great Britain, and 40.5 percent in the US.

In the US, iOS share saw a 7 percent year-on-year increase, with the share being at 33.5 percent last year in the three months ending October. Calling Apple the ‘most desirable brand in the world’, the report says that this is the strongest rate of growth for the OS in more than two years, as well as the highest share seen since the three months ending January 2015 (42.8 percent).

Even though Android still holds the dominant share of sales at 57.9 percent in the US, the report says the quarter saw the fifth consecutive year-on-year decline in Android share. This strong growth rate of iOS is attributed to the popularity of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in the US market. “The lack of the headphone jack has proved to be a non-issue for US iPhone consumers, as iPhone 7 was the top selling device in the three months ending October 2016, achieving 10.6 percent of smartphone sales, despite not being available for the full three month period. iPhone 7 Plus was the 4th best-selling device at 5.3 percent, behind the iPhone 6s and Samsung Galaxy S7,” said Lauren Guenveur, Consumer Insight Director for Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.

The iPhone also did well in other parts of the world. In Europe – France, Italy, Spain, and the UK saw in increase in iOS share, while Germany saw a decline in iOS share. In Great Britain, the iPhone 7 was the top selling device. iPhone 7 was the second best-selling phone in Urban China in the three months ending October 2016, capturing 3.8 percent of smartphone sales.


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Samsung extended its lead in the global smartphone market over Apple in the second quarter, gaining from the launch of its updated flagship handsets, surveys showed Thursday.



The South Korean giant delivered 77 million smartphones in the quarter, up 5.5 percent from a year ago, for a market share of 22.4 percent, research firm IDC said.

That compared with a 15 percent drop in sales for Apple’s iPhones, which accounted for 11.8 percent, IDC said.

Samsung got a lift from the March launch of its Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge flagship models, with an upgraded processor, waterproofing and other features, IDC noted.

Apple, despite the launch of its more affordable iPhone SE, failed to keep pace and reported weaker sales compared to a year ago.

A separate survey by Strategy Analytics had a similar estimate, with Samsung at 22.8 percent to 11.9 percent for Apple.

Neil Mawston, executive director at Strategy Analytics, said he sees Samsung making further gains this year.

“With a new Galaxy Note 7 flagship model rumored to be on the way, Samsung will be able to strengthen its smartphone leadership into the second half of the year,” Mawston said.

“Apple continues to face iPhone fatigue among consumers and the new iPhone SE model has not been able to stem that trend.”

IDC’s Ryan Reith said the saturation of many markets has forced makers to rethink their strategy. “Apple is beginning to put more emphasis on ‘device as a service’ to try to prevent lengthening replacement cycles,” he said.

“This is a growing theme we have heard more about from PCs to smartphones. Additionally, the overall China market slowdown continues to ramp up competition in other high growth markets like India, Indonesia, and Middle East.”

Both surveys showed China’s Huawei the number three vendor with a 9.4 percent market share.

Other Chinese vendors were in the top five.

According to IDC, Oppo and Vivo were fourth and fifth with 6.6 and 4.8 percent respectively.

The Strategy Analytics report showed Oppo with 5.3 percent and Xiaomi fifth with 4.3 percent.

IDC said overall smartphone sales rose 0.3 percent to 343.3 million units, while the second survey showed a one percent rise to 340 million.


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Apple is expected to release its iPhone 7 sometime in mid-September, and the leaks have been overflowing. The latest brings more mystery into the 3.5mm headphone jack controversy, through a full-blown video comparison of a purported iPhone 7 with its predecessor, the iPhone 6s.



A video released on Weibo shows the two phones held against each other from different angles. While the overall form doesn’t see much change, the antenna bands have been shifted to the edges of the iPhone 7. The visible change at the back is the introduction of a protective ring around the protruding camera lens. The bottom of the iPhone 7 confirms the death of the 3.5mm headphone jack. It comes with a Lightning port and two speakers grilles adjacent to both sides, while the predecessor has the audio jack on one side and the speaker grille on the other.

A separate research note (via Business Insider) also sings the same ‘no 3.5mm audio jack’ tune. A research note from Deutsche Bank based on anonymous supply-chain sources claims that Apple will not bundle Lightning EarPods inside the box, but will bundle a Lightning-3.5mm audio adapter in the box instead. This is in contrast with previous rumours that suggest otherwise.

The note also reiterates past rumours of the dual camera setup, touch sensitive Home Button, similar design structure, and possibly better waterproofing. Also, bundling an adapter instead of Lightning EarPods would be an odd way to persuade and encourage users to switch to the new audio input (or wireless input for that matter). Apple would do good to sell this adapter as an additional accessory, as many users would still not want to make the switch if they get the adapter bundled alongside.

The iPhone 7 is pegged to sport an A10 chipset for faster processing. The larger variant is also expected to sport a Smart Connector at the back for connecting a accessories.


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People and Page administrators on Facebook will now be able to broadcast up to four hours of video with Facebook Live – in both fullscreen and video-only mode, a media report said on Thursday.



Broadcasts were limited to two hours when Facebook Live was launched last year.

These options are intended to benefit both the creator and the viewer and are set to be released more broadly in the coming weeks, technology website Venturebeat.com reported.

Users will be able to go live in fullscreen, meaning that if you’re doing so on an iOS device, it will go fullscreen in portrait and landscape mode.

On Android devices, fullscreen mode is only supported in portrait mode, but Facebook plans to make it available in landscape later this year, the report noted.

The video-only mode allows both broadcasters and viewers who want to focus on the videos to temporarily hide Reactions and comments by swiping right.

Users can bring back Reactions and comments by swiping left.

Last month, Facebook announced that users can go live from the face-swapping MSQRD app and utilise different Snapchat-like masks and filters while the video is running.

Facebook first acquired Masquerade, the Belarusian startup behind MSQRD back in March with the intention to “continue enhancing the Facebook video experience.”


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An animal shelter is asking Pokemon Go players to walk an adoptable dog as they wander the streets of an eastern Indiana city doing battle with digital monsters on their smartphones.


The idea is the brainchild of Phil Peckinpaugh, superintendent of Muncie Animal Shelter. He noticed people shuffling along as they played the addictive game and thought “it would be awesome” if they each had a dog to walk.

Peckinpaugh posted the idea on Facebook, asking: “Trying to Hatch an Egg or Catch Rare Pokemon? Come down to the Muncie Animal Shelter to walk one of our dogs while you get your steps in! Just come to the front desk and say you are here for the Pokemon dogs!” His post was widely shared.

“This is a great way to get more volunteers in and helping them (the dogs) get the exercise that they need,” said Adrienne West, who drove 45 minutes from Upland to walk a 3-year-old pit bull named Maya as she tried to catch a weedle – a larva Pokemon character.

Peckinpaugh says he bought 20 new leashes to cope with the increase in demand, which is fortunate because 73 “Pokemon Go” players heeded the call Wednesday and turned up to exercise hounds, including one who adopted a dog.

“I hope this Pokemon Go isn’t something that lasts a couple weeks,” he said. “I hope the shelter becomes a hotspot.”

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Apple made a host of announcements at WWDC 2016, but we didn’t see the rollout of iMessage on Android as was rumoured. While many Android users will be disappointed, an Apple executive has outlined a fairly reasonable explanation for not planning to bring the service to other platforms. By making it available to Android users, Apple doesn’t want to lose its key USP that makes iOS so lucrative in the eyes of loyalists.



The Verge’s Walt Mossberg spoke to a ‘senior Apple executive’ about the iMessage rumour, and he safely put a pin on it. The executive said that iOS has over 1 billion active users, and Apple feels it’s a large enough data set for future artificial intelligence activities and research. It doesn’t need more data sets for AI activities. Plus, the main revenue comes from the hardware. And one of the key reasons people buy iOS and macOS devices is because of the iMessage app. Apple wouldn’t want to hurt its sales figures and revenue earnings by opening up iMessage to a larger audience.

“When I asked a senior Apple executive why iMessage wasn’t being expanded to other platforms, he gave two answers. First, he said, Apple considers its own user base of 1 billion active devices to provide a large enough data set for any possible AI learning the company is working on. And, second, having a superior messaging platform that only worked on Apple devices would help sales of those devices – the company’s classic (and successful) rationale for years,” the report said.

When the rumour first broke out, we did wonder about its credibility. Apple would need an extremely compelling reason to let go of iMessage exclusivity. Last year, Apple Music was launched for Android users as well, so the possibility of iMessage following suit could not be ruled out. However, Apple Music caters to a different business altogether, and a larger audience is encouraged for the app. While collaborating with artists, Apple would want to compel the artist to release their music exclusively on their service, and not competing services like Spotify which is available cross platform. iMessage, however, has no such competition conditions.

At WWDC, Apple did give the iMessage a complete makeover though. It introduced a host of new features like replace text with emoji, digital touch handwriting feature, and many more fun features to elevate social conversations. It even opened up iMessage to third parties, and introduced a new app drawer for integration.


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Every year Apple showcases some of the best designed apps on the App Store with its Apple Design Award. Crossy Road, Workflow, and Fantastical 2 were among the apps to win an Apple Design Award in 2015 and this year has an equally great list of winners.



Like last year, this year’s list of winners includes two apps made by students. These are Linum and Dividr. Linum is a simple and elegant puzzle game where the goal is to connect nodes to their landing points. Dividr is an addictive 2D arcade game where the goal is to move glowing control squares so that you avoid obstacles and collect points.

The apps to win Apple Design Awards in the regular category are listed below:

Complete Anatomy is an iPad app for those who want to learn about the human anatomy. It has great design, cool graphics, and lots of useful information for those who want to learn.
Streaks is a to-do app for those who want to form good habits. Not only is the app great on the iPhone, but its Apple Watch companion app is excellent too.

Zova is an excellent fitness app that focuses on creating an achievable workout routine for you. Apart from iPhone and Apple Watch, it has an Apple TV app too.
Frame.io helps people work together on films or video efficiently. It supports 3D Touch and Final Cut Pro X integration.

Ulysses is a fantastic writing app for Mac that works for all kinds of writing. It’s also available on iPhone and iPad.

Chameleon Run is a fast-paced game where your character runs and jumps across various platforms. It has stunning graphics and features addictive gameplay.

Lara Croft Go is an awesome turn-based puzzle game that is one of our favourite games. It’s no surprise that it’s an Apple Design Award winner.

Inks is a pinball game with a twist – the goal is to solve puzzles instead of racking up high scores. We loved Inks and praised it for its beautiful design too.

Auxy Music Creation is a minimalist app that lets you create music. It has great design and is very easy to use.

djay Pro was an Apple Design Award winner in 2011 and it’s great to see that the app has continued to innovate enough to win another one this year.

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Social media giant has released a statement in an attempt to refute all allegations suggesting that it eavesdrops on our conversations via the mobile app. The company claims that it doesn’t intercept your smartphone’s microphone, and the ads it serves you are based on interests, demography, and profile information.



This rumour began when a report surfaced online alleging that Facebook is listening through the smartphone to bring relevant ads to its app. A professor at the University of South Florida, Kelli Burns, suggested that Facebook was listening through her phone, as all the ads on the app were similar to her conversations around the phone.

This created much social chatter, and the tech giant took to its blog to clarify. “Facebook does not use your phone’s microphone to inform ads or to change what you see in News Feed. Some recent articles have suggested that we must be listening to people’s conversations in order to show them relevant ads. This is not true. We show ads based on people’s interests and other profile information – not what you’re talking out loud about,” the blog reads.
Furthermore, Facebook specifically mentions all the scenarios in which it does use the microphone on users’ smartphones. The blog reads that the social app uses the microphone only when the user has given app permission while using a specific feature that required audio.

In any case, app permission is usually only seen at the time of install, and once granted, it is set at default. The cautious among you can disable microphone access to the Facebook app to feel secure. For Android, go to Apps > Settings Menu > Fcebook > Permissions > Disable Microphone Access. And for iOS users, head to Setting > Facebook > Push the Microphone Slider to off.


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In a new development, Apple has reportedly changed its iPhone product refresh cycle, and will now introduce major redesigns after a gap of three years. Unlike its traditional two years, Apple will now wait for three years to bring in major changes to the iPhone.



This change in the product refresh cycle has been attributed to a slowing market, and low innovation in smartphone functions. Major enhancements have little scope in the smartphone periphery, and hence Apple has changed its strategy.

This is why, all the iPhone 7 leaks show little change with respect to design, apart from the shift of antenna bands. Traditionally, Apple introduces an evolutionary change with its iPhone ‘s’ models, and a revolutionary change with the new numeric. We saw a completely new design with the iPhone 6. The iPhone 6s saw hardware and software upgrades with no visible design changes, and users expected the iPhone 7 to go through a complete makeover.

However, Nikkei.com reports that the big change will only come with the iPhone release in 2017, which has previously been reported to be called the iPhone 8 instead of the iPhone 7s. The iPhone 7 will see no drastic change. The report confirms that there will be upgrades in camera, and battery capacity. It reiterates past rumours of the iPhone 7 being water resistant, and also asserts that the 3.5mm audio jack will be removed. It also hints at the rumoured third variant by stating ‘A high-end version of the model will give users better-quality photo capabilities via correction functions.’

Whether all of this is true remains to be seen. So far, rumoured specs include an A10 processor, dual camera setup and a 3GB RAM on the larger iPhone 7, and an upgrade to a new 32GB base variant finally ditching the 16GB storage option.


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