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Apple Continues To Dominate The Smartphone Profit Pool

Investors and analysts tend to be concerned that Apple’s iPhone lags Google’s Android smartphones substantially in unit market share. While any product needs to sell enough to be viable, the other side of the equation is the device’s profitability. It is incumbent on the company that holds the …

Smart lights could make your house look like an interactive club

Most people think of smart bulbs when they think of connected lighting, but we’re now starting to see connected lighting applications outside the bulb. I brought a few different LED lights on <i>Circuit Breaker Live</i> this week to test: the Nanoleaf Aurora, Lifx Beam, and the C By GE Sol. Each of these …

Android Wear Gets Speaker Support And New Gestures, Voice Input Options

Google launched an update to Android Wear today that brings a couple of new features to the smartwatch platform.<p>Maybe the most interesting of these is Android Wear’s ability to use the speakers that are now inside some of the newest watches. If you own a Huawei Watch or an ASUS ZenWatch 2, for …

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T-Mobile squeaks past Verizon for title of fastest LTE network

AT&T and Sprint battled it out for third and fourth place, says OpenSignal<p>Who really gives you the fastest download speeds in the US? According to a new report on America's mobile networks from OpenSignal, the answer is T-Mobile. The carrier easily took the top spot when it came to downloads on 3G …

Fossil Q Founder Android Wear watch now available to order for $295

Earlier this month, popular watchmaker Fossil announced a range of connected fashion items. Among them were a Bluetooth connected analog watch and a fitness band built in to a stylish leather bracelet. But what we were really excited about was the company’s announcement that it was going to build …

Google will give $1 for special ed every time you use Android Pay

After Android Pay's slow rollout throughout the US, it's finally available to everyone -- well, those with a compatible device anyway. In the spirit of giving (or trying to get more people using the service), Google has teamed up with DonorsChoose.org to support special needs children in US …

Google Maps gets offline search and navigation

Google Maps is a ridiculously useful app but that's assuming you've got a stable internet connection. As soon as your signal gets a little wonky, however, you might as well still be printing them out like you did in the dark ages of MapQuest. Sure, you've been able to download small maps for …

Apple Watch Voted Coolest Wearable

Juniper Research revealed its findings from a survey of 2,000-plus respondents on wearables. According to the results, the "coolest" brand was determined to be the Apple Watch. This is probably not surprising, given Apple has always had a "cool" factor. Plus, a big part of the Apple Watch's …

Nexus 5X and 6P Review: Why It’s Time to Buy a Phone From Google

Nexus phones were once only known to tech pros and Android nerds; now there’s a Nexus, or two, for the rest of us<p>The smartphone business has changed. It’s time for Android users to put down their Samsungs and look to the mother ship itself. Google’s impressive new Nexus 5X and 6P deliver a better …

Android News

Apple tells judge it’s ‘impossible’ to access data on locked iPhones

Apple told a U.S. judge that accessing data stored on a locked iPhone would be “impossible” with devices using its latest operating system, but the company has the “technical ability” to help law enforcement unlock older phones.<p>Apple’s position was laid out in a brief filed late Monday, after a …

Privacy

BLU announces two new budget-friendly smartphones with huge batteries

BLU, the Florida-based smartphone manufacturer, is no stranger to launching a slew of inexpensive Android smartphones every couple of weeks, and today we’re getting two new offerings from the company. New to the Energy line of phones are the Studio Energy 2 and Energy X, both of which are already …

LG G4 will be the first non-Nexus smartphone to get Marshmallow update

It looks like the LG G4 will be the first Android smartphone anywhere in the world to receive the Marshmallow 6.0 update — excluding Google’s own line of Nexus devices — starting with Poland next week, and “other markets in Europe, Asia, and the Americas to follow.”<p>“By working closely with Google, …

LG begins rolling out Android 6.0 Marshmallow to the G4 next week

...if you're in Poland<p>6.0 Marshmallow, the latest version of Android, hit Google's own Nexus devices last week, and LG is planning to get the update out to its own phones as soon as possible. The company just announced that G4 owners — in Poland, at least — will get the OS upgrade from next week, …

Google is attempting to build faster mobile webpages with the new AMP HTML

Google has announced a new open-source initiative called Accelerated Mobile Pages, which is a new page building framework designed by the tech giant. …

Hands-on with Google Street View on Cardboard: Goodbye, productivity

I just went to Fiji.<p>No, not literally. I took a mini vacation in Google Street View. I was able to look around 360 degrees in a bunch of places using the OnePlus Cardboard virtual reality (VR) headset, based on the Google Cardboard VR system. Google announced full Cardboard support for the Google …

Tag Heuer is unveiling its Android Wear smartwatch next month

A luxury smartwatch for $1,800<p>Swiss watchmaker Tag Heuer has set a date for its upcoming Android Wear smartwatch unveiling. The Tag Heuer Connected, as it's called, will make its debut at the LVMH Tower in New York City on November 9th, according to invites sent out by the company today. The watch …

Tim Cook: A back door for the good guys is a back door for the bad guys

<i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>I get the sense that the FBI doesn't entirely appreciate Apple CEO Tim Cook.<p>I get that sense from an interview he gave to NPR on Thursday. In it, he cogently explained Apple's attitude toward security in …

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Apple made the iPhone 6s nearly waterproof and didn't tell anyone

Leave it up to Apple to downplay a surprisingly useful engineering feat: A water-resistant iPhone. It turns out the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus sport a combination of new technology that makes them far more resistant to liquid damage than past iPhones, iFixit reports. Apple packed in a new gasket around …

Apple to add transit directions to Apple Maps in Sydney and Boston

At its Worldwide Developers Conference in June, Apple announced that transit directions would finally be coming to Apple Maps with iOS 9 in a few …

Almost 3 out of 5 compatible devices are running iOS 9

Not content with selling a whopping 13 million iPhone 6s handsets in their first weekend on sale, Apple is also smashing records with iOS 9 adoption.<p>According to Apple’s latest developer figures, just three weeks after its public debut, 57 percent of users with compatible mobile devices are already …

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Apple begins selling unlocked, SIM-free iPhone 6s & 6s Plus

Two weeks following the initial launch of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, Apple has added a new purchasing option for the devices to its online store. Starting today, customers can buy an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus SIM-free, unlocked, and without a carrier…<p>Apple explains on its online store that …

Apple Removes Some Ad Blockers From App Store for Installing Root Certificates

Apple tonight removed some ad blockers, among other apps, from the App Store for installing root certificates that would allow developers to view encrypted traffic from their users, reports <i>iMore</i>. In a statement provided to the publication, Apple said it was working with developers to get the apps …

Google's new Meter app for Android turns your wallpaper into a live widget

Google is tinkering again, this time bringing a live wallpaper that may actually be useful. Meter, a project from Google’s Creative Lab, will tell you when you might want to charge your device or use cellular instead of Wi-Fi.<p>Conceptually, the wallpaper also acts as a widget, which displays …

Users Pummel YouTube’s iOS Update With One-Star Reviews

YouTube has rolled out a notable – and clearly, divisive – update to its iOS application which introduces Google’s now-familiar “Material” design style to the application alongside a handful of new video editing features. The latter, which is somewhat reminiscent of the tools found in iMovie, allow …

Apps

Google starts rolling out Android 6.0 Marshmallow to Nexus devices

Google today started rolling out Android 6.0 Marshmallow to existing Nexus devices via an over-the-air software update. You can also download the factory images directly for the latest version of the world’s most popular mobile operating system now: Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 7 Mobile …

Samsung Pay makes mobile payments slightly less of a mess

That's where Samsung Pay comes in. It officially launched in the US last Monday, and I've been using it since then.<p>Well, "using it since then" is an overstatement — since I encountered some of the abovementioned roadblocks. But I've attempted a half-dozen purchases at different merchants using …

Mobile

Microsoft poised for make or break Windows 10 mobile announcements

Tech giant Microsoft is due to host a major product event in New York on Wednesday, which will be of big significance to the tech giant as it aims to …

Windows 10

LG Watch Urbane 2 official: first Android Wear watch with cellular connectivity

Tonight LG officially took the wraps off its latest hero device, the LG V10. That wasn’t the only announcement that LG had for us though, as they have also revealed their latest Android Wear smartwatch, the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition.<p>The new LG Watch Urbane sports a similar design to the original, …