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Samsung edges past Apple in US smartphone satisfaction study, but reverse is true in Korea

What a difference a year makes. Apple topped American Customer Satisfaction Index's smartphone rankings back in 2012, but Samsung has taken the lead in 2013 by a slim margin. Owners responding to ACSI's national survey gave an 84-point score to both the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II, putting the …

Android vs. iOS: The green robot wins on app downloads (but not revenue)

Here’s a fun fact for mobile developers: As of the past three months, Android is the best place to angle for more app downloads.<p>According to the App Annie Market Index, Q2 2013 metrics show that Android beats iOS by 10 percent in number of applications downloaded.<p>However, Apple’s App Store still …

Apple's Tim Cook, China Mobile strike up talks yet again

Apple CEO Tim Cook and China Mobile Chairman Xi Guohua have sat down yet again to determine if the companies can work together.<p>The two executives met in Beijing on Tuesday to discuss "matters of cooperation," China Mobile told Reuters in an e-mailed statement published Wednesday. The spokesperson …

Apple Seeds OS X 10.8.5 Build 12F30 to Developers

Apple today seeded build 12F30 of OS X 10.8.5 to developers, marking the seventh beta iteration of 10.8.5, dating back to the first release on June 19th. The release comes exactly one week after the previous OS X 10.8.5 beta, build 12F26.<p>As with previous betas, the update contains no known issues …

Senators Caution White House Over ITC’s Looming iPhone Ban

On Aug. 5 — Monday of next week — an International Trade Commission import ban on older iPhones and iPads found to infringe one of Samsung’s …

The head of Android design: Small screens are pushing a new wave in design

Matias Duarte, head of design at Android, is holding a Nexus 7 tablet, and he’s clearly proud of it. With its custom, high resolution screen—one that was selected not just for its pixel density but also its brightness and color gamut, says Duarte—it’s the perfect vehicle for showing off the …

Official ‘Imgur’ iOS app finally arrives on the App Store

After launching its first official Android app back in June, popular photo sharing service Imgur this week finally released its first app for iPhone and iPad on the App Store. The new free app provides the majority of features that users can access through the web version of the service, including: …

Microsoft forced to rename its SkyDrive service (but not yet)

Microsoft will have to rename its cloud storage service currently known as SkyDrive, following a ruling in the English High Court that found it infringed on BSkyB’s trademarked name.<p>In June, High Court Judge Mrs Justice Asplin sided with Sky that Microsoft’s use of SkyDrive infringed upon the …

Prada is losing its sheen in South Korea

There was a small speck in an otherwise rosy picture of luxury spending in East Asia when Prada reported earnings today, June 11.<p>“There is one single market which is obviously not doing well which is Korea,” Donatello Galli, chief financial officer of Prada, said in the company’s earnings call. …

China Mobile launches global app – with help from Apple | Financial Times

China Mobile has this month quietly launched Jego, an app to rival Skype’s free voice-calling system, in an effort to extend its international …

12 Luxurious Outdoor Showers

Anyone can rig a nozzle up on the side of the shed, controlled by the garden hose spigot. And then there are the simple rinse off spots for a beach …

A Photographer Turns Dubai Into A Ghost City

Matthias Heiderich’s portraits of Dubai and Abu Dhabi depict buildings as vivid abstractions.<p>Dubai has grown fast and exponentially from a small fishing village into an international hub. The city, remade into a tourist destination in the ’80s, is unlike any other in the world and is growing by the …

A Vaporous Folly Built Of Steel And Architectural Ingenuity

Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto has designed a light and airy pavilion for the 2013 Serpentine Gallery in London.<p>Every summer, a splashy architectural chimera descends on the wide grassy expanse of Hyde Park’s Kensington Gardens in West London. The Serpentine Pavilion, now in its 13th iteration, …

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What 5 Dots In iOS 7 Reveal About A Decade Of Apple Design Strife

A “new” element of iOS 7 has been buried since the iPhone’s original mockup.<p>Signal bars are ubiquitous on phones, so much so that we’ve developed an entire language around it–“How many bars do you have?” or “I don’t know why the call dropped, I had, like, three bars!” With five simple dots that sit …

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Waterproof Phones and Accessories

There's no denying it, our smartphones have essentially become an extension of our bodies. Thankfully, in recent years, a handful of companies have broken ground in waterproofing these fragile pieces of technology that we depend on so much. Whether you have a summer full of aquatic activities ahead …

iOS 7 Preview Leaves No Doubt: Whether Hardware or Software, Ive's Got the Juice

In addition to unveiling their redesigned Mac Pro, yesterday Apple also previewed their forthcoming iOS 7. This is the one many an industrial …