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Apple just announced the first new iPhone you don’t care about at all

Apple just announced the first new iPhone you don’t care about at all

By on March 21, 2016 at 2:32 PM.

Apple on Monday took the wraps off of a brand new iPhone that represents several big firsts. The iPhone SE marks the first time Apple is recycling an old iPhone design for anything other than an “S” update. It’s also the first time the company will release a new iPhone this early in the year, discounting the Verizon version of the iPhone 4 that debuted back in 2011.

But of all the firsts that the iPhone SE represents, there’s one in particular that could be considered the most surprising: This is the first new iPhone that you don’t care about at all. More →

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FBI Vs Apple

3 most important things you need to know about the FBI’s war with Apple

3 most important things you need to know about the FBI’s war with Apple

By on March 15, 2016 at 10:06 AM.

In early December last year, two terrorists carried out an horrific mass shooting in San Bernardino, California. The attack at the Inland Regional Center left 14 dead and another 22 seriously injured. It’s difficult to think that anyone might look to impede the investigation into this horrible atrocity, let alone have good reasons to do so, but the nation is torn as it looks on while the FBI and Apple duke it out over a locked iPhone that was recovered from one of the shooters. The FBI is demanding that Apple assist with the investigation, but Apple is refusing because of the precedent it would set.

A court has issued an order requiring Apple to provide the FBI with tools that would allow it to break into the recovered iPhone more easily, but Apple has appealed the decision and will soon make its case. But does the American public really understand what the FBI is asking for and why it’s so dangerous? More →

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iPhone 7 Photos

Our first look at the iPhone 7 couldn’t be less exciting (and why that’s OK)

Our first look at the iPhone 7 couldn’t be less exciting (and why that’s OK)

By on March 14, 2016 at 10:42 AM.

Apple’s iPhones are the only smartphones out there that still excite people, but our first look at what is likely the brand new iPhone 7 design couldn’t have possibly been less exciting. In fact, it’s hardly brand new. It looks… like an iPhone 6. But if Apple has taught us anything in recent years, it’s that looks hardly paint a complete picture and we absolutely shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. More →

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Galaxy S7 Sales

Samsung talks up Galaxy S7 preorders while warning that phone biz is in trouble

By on March 11, 2016 at 9:47 AM.

Samsung talks up Galaxy S7 preorders while warning that phone biz is in trouble

There were mixed messages out of South Korea on Friday as Samsung, the world’s top smartphone vendor by shipment volume, officially launched its latest flagship smartphones. The all-new Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge represent the best smartphones available to Android users at the moment — though there are two other phones shoppers may want to consider instead — and their reign will likely continue for at least the rest of the first half of 2016.

Early reviewers sang high praise of the new phones, with hardware quality and Samsung’s new camera tech at the top of everyone’s lists. That adoration apparently translated into strong preorders for Samsung, but the company wasn’t as upbeat as it should have been on Friday morning. More →

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Verizon Supercookie Fine

Verizon gets tiny FCC fine for secretly tracking subscribers with no way to opt out

By on March 8, 2016 at 8:52 AM.

Verizon gets tiny FCC fine for secretly tracking subscribers with no way to opt out

How much is your privacy worth to the Federal Communications Commission? Not quite as much as it is undoubtedly worth to you. Back in 2014, it was discovered that Verizon Wireless was found to be using a technology called “supercookies” to secretly track customers and then use the data collected to enhance its offering to advertisers. These special cookies tracked every single unencrypted website a user visited on his or her mobile device, and here’s the best part: It was initially impossible to opt out of this invasive tracking technique.

Once uncovered, Verizon took plenty of heat in the press. But like all things on the Internet, people eventually forgot all about it. Now, however, we just got a brief reminder because the FCC just slapped Verizon with a little fine and put in place a few rules for the use of supercookies. More →

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Apple Employees

Apple to open new 500-person office in San Francisco

By on March 3, 2016 at 9:10 PM.

Apple to open new 500-person office in San Francisco

As Apple has grown into one of the most successful and profitable companies on the planet, one of the main issues it’s struggled with has been employee retention. In a tech culture where engineers are almost primed to work on crazy new products and next-gen technologies, longstanding incumbents like Apple, despite its track record of innovation, are sometimes at a disadvantage.

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Privacy Shield NSA Spying

NSA can still spy under new ‘Privacy Shield’ agreement with Europe

By on March 2, 2016 at 9:15 PM.

NSA can still spy under new ‘Privacy Shield’ agreement with Europe

The United States and the European Union are about to reach a new privacy agreement intended to replace the old Safe Harbor agreement that came under intense scrutiny after the Snowden leaks revealed the scope of NSA’s data collection operations.

The new Privacy Shield was published in full a few days ago, showing the principles that would govern the exchange of digital information between EU consumers and U.S. companies. However, the new agreement also has provisions that explain how and when the NSA can continue bulk data collection in the region. More →

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Best New Smartphone Innovations

Dollars and Sense: In smartphones, can you follow innovation to the bank?

Dollars and Sense: In smartphones, can you follow innovation to the bank?

By on February 29, 2016 at 1:48 PM.

What on Earth is going on here? Earlier this month as the annual Mobile World Congress trade show kicked off, we saw more smartphone innovation in a single week than we had seen all year last year. Perhaps in the past few years, even. Making things even more interesting is the fact that we’re seeing innovation not just on the software side of things, but on the hardware side as well. From small smartphone startups to longtime industry giants, companies are putting their R&D departments to work and coming up with some truly impressive new tech.

But does innovation sell phones? More →

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San Berardino iPhone Interview

Watch Tim Cook’s full 30-minute interview on Apple’s war with the FBI

Watch Tim Cook’s full 30-minute interview on Apple’s war with the FBI

By on February 25, 2016 at 8:16 AM.

Last night we gave you a quick glimpse of Apple CEO Tim Cook’s ABC News interview, and it was clear from that 90-second clip that Cook & Co. do not plan to back down in this ongoing battle. Now, the full 30-minute interview has been released and we get our most in-depth look yet at why Apple is so vehemently opposed to complying with a court order. Earlier this month, a court demanded that Apple supply the FBI with tools that will allow it to hack into an iPhone which had previously belonged to San Bernardino shooter Rizwan Farook. More →

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iPhone Vs Android

Have Apple’s rivals finally stopped copying the iPhone?

Have Apple’s rivals finally stopped copying the iPhone?

By on February 23, 2016 at 11:06 AM.

Mobile World Congress isn’t technically over until Thursday, but the biggest announcements from this year’s show are already behind us. We’ve seen some fantastic innovations across the board at MWC 2016, from smartphones and laptops to accessories and a whole new category of mobile companion devices.

But the most interesting development at the show might be the start of the next chapter in the smartphone industry, as Apple’s rivals no longer appear to be relying on the iPhone for “inspiration” when developing their own devices. More →

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Starbucks Rewards Program Changes

Starbucks is completely changing the company’s beloved rewards program

By on February 23, 2016 at 10:24 AM.

Starbucks is completely changing the company’s beloved rewards program

If you’re a member of the Starbucks Rewards program who depends on the store’s coffee to wake you up every morning, it’s always nice to know that every visit is taking you one step closer to a free drink. Unfortunately, with the changes that the company announced this week, you’re going to have to start spending more to qualify.
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iPhone Wireless Charging

Apple’s upcoming iPhones might change the game more than you can even imagine

Apple’s upcoming iPhones might change the game more than you can even imagine

By on February 17, 2016 at 9:42 AM.

Wall Street doomsday preppers pounding the table on the notion that “peak Apple” has come and gone may soon find themselves in an interesting predicament. There is little question that Apple’s meteoric iPhone sales growth will slow to a halt and even decline in 2016. Apple has already acknowledged as much when it reported results from its Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad, Record-Breaking Quarter. But if you think growth is over at Apple, you have another think coming. And if you think Apple’s core iPhone business is on the brink of decline, you haven’t been paying attention at all. More →

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T-Mobile Earnings Release

Everything you need to know about T-Mobile’s earnings in one epic John Legere tweetstorm

Everything you need to know about T-Mobile’s earnings in one epic John Legere tweetstorm

By on February 17, 2016 at 7:40 AM.

T-Mobile posted its fourth-quarter and full-year results early Wednesday morning. While most company executives are on edge ahead of an earnings release, it was just another party for T-Mobile CEO John Legere and his colleagues — and for good reason. As rival carriers continue their struggle to draw in new subscribers or retain the ones they have, the “Un-carrier” managed 2.1 million net additions in the fourth quarter alone, with 1.3 million of them having been branded postpaid subscribers.

Earnings reports are generally pretty boring, so let’s try something different this time around. Here’s just about everything you need to know about T-Mobile’s earnings report, but in the form of an epic John Legere tweetstorm that took place early on Wednesday. More →

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