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Google to Create Apple Pay Rival Soon?





Following Samsung, who announced a new payments system dubbed Samsung Pay on Sunday, another Apple rival, Google, told about its plans to launch its own payments service called presumably “Android Pay” and create an API, which will let developers integrate the new service into their apps. What can I say? We all live in a very competitive world, that is why so many tech giants create products and services with similar functionality.


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Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015. 13:04

Apple Makes Browser Version of iWork Available for All Users for Free



Apple has recently made the browser version of its office suite called iWork available for all users. What this means is that now even those people who don’t have an Apple device can use Pages, Numbers, and Keynote directly in the browser for free. All they need to do is to create an Apple ID account and log in to iCloud.com. After that, they will get 1GB of cloud storage and the ability to create and edit different types of documents from any browser. If you for some reason can’t use Google’s online office tools or the web-version of Microsoft’s office suite, you should definitely try Apple’s iWork for iCloud.


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Saturday, February 28th, 2015. 20:28

iOS and Android Account for 96.3% Smartphone Market Share in Q4 2014



According to the latest report from a research firm called IDC, the combined smartphone market share of iOS and Android accounted for 96.3% in the fourth quarter. Apple’s share managed to reach 19.7% and the share of Android equalled to 76.6%. Just for you to compare: n the last quarter of 2013, Apple’s iOS grabbed 17.5% of the smartphone market and Google’s Android occupied 78.2%. As we see, iOS products become more and more popular, making users change their Android devices to iPhones. The guys from Cupertino managed to sell as many as 74.5 million iPhone units in the fourth quarter. The shipments of all Android smartphones combined accounted for 289.1 million units.


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Thursday, February 26th, 2015. 1:01

Apple Releases Second iOS 8.3 Beta to Developers



Apart from releasing the second beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3, the guys from Cupertino have recently seeded the second beta of iOS 8.3 with Xcode 6.3 beta 2 to developers. The release of this version of Apple’s mobile operating system comes about two weeks after the release of the very first iOS 8.3 beta, which contained several new features, namely, a brand new emoji picker, the support of wireless CarPlay connectivity, Google’s two-step verification as well as Apple Pay support of UnionPay in China.


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Google to Announce Apple Pay Competitor in May?



According to the latest report from the Wall Street Journal, Google is currently planning to revamp its Google Wallet service in order to compete with the recently-released NFC-based payments system called Apple Pay. The new Wallet will be officially announced this May, at the annual Google I/O developer conference, reporters claim. While this rumor hasn’t yet been confirmed, such a step is quite possible as the only way to compete with Apple’s payments service is to make Google’s own service better.


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Sunday, February 22nd, 2015. 19:57

Apple Considered World's Second Most Innovative Company



According to 2015 rankings published by Fast Company, Apple is the second most innovative company in the world. In the first place of the rating one can see Warby Parker, a firm that creates designer eyewear, and in the third place one will spot Alibaba. As to Apple’s most influential rival, which is Google, it stays in the fourth place of the list.


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Sunday, February 15th, 2015. 19:27

Apple Releases First iOS 8.3 Beta to Developers for Testing



Apple on Monday seeded the first version of iOS 8.3 to registered developers for testing. The release comes just a week after the release of the fifth beta of iOS 8.2, which contained fixes for bugs affecting Facebook app and calendar syncing.


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Wednesday, February 11th, 2015. 1:01

iOS Market Share Is Higher Than Android Market Share in America



For the first time since 2012, iOS market share in the USA has beaten the market share of Google’s Android, Kantar Worldpanel ComTech reporters write. Moreover, they also claim that the share of Apple’s mobile operating system has grown in Europe and China as well. The reason for such an impressive result is the immense popularity of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus among the users.


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Thursday, February 5th, 2015. 21:34

Strange Apple Vehicle Spotted in California



A strange car with a complicated system of cameras on the roof has been recently spotted in Concord, CA. How is this car connected with Apple? Well, reporters and analysts claim the vehicle is either a mapping car similar to those Google uses to improve its maps and develop the Street View feature, or a self-driving car from the future. Below you may take a look at the image showing a black Dodge Caravan with massive cameras used for unknown purpose.


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Wednesday, February 4th, 2015. 22:42

Apple Releases OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 to Users Worldwide



Apple on Tuesday released OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 to users worldwide. The public release comes several months after the release of the previous version of Yosemite, which took place in October, and about a week after the release of the sixth beta. This time the newest version of the operating system for Macs has many things to boast of.


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Wednesday, January 28th, 2015. 22:49

Nexus 6 Lacks Fingerprint Recognition Because of Apple?



According to what former Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside told in the recent interview, Apple's acquisition of the firm called AuthenTec, which took place in 2012, prevented Google from adding a fingerprint sensor to its Nexus 6. This handset was initially intended to feature an advanced fingerprint sensor on a back panel, right in the place where the Motorola logo now sits. Moreover, first prototypes of the device featured a sensor capable of recognizing owner's fingerprints. However, since Apple purchased AuthenTec and the rights for all its technologies, Google decided to opt out from the sensor.


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Monday, January 26th, 2015. 21:16

Samsung Customers Are More Satisfied with Their Smartphones than Apple Customers



According to the American Customer Satisfaction Index, Samsung users are more satisfied with their gadgets than Apple users. In particular, the satisfaction rate grew 6.6% over the last 12 months to 81%. If to speak about Apple, it saw a 2.5% decrease in customer satisfaction in 2014. “Only” 79% of users are fully satisfied with their iPhones.


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Thursday, January 1st, 2015. 17:42

iOS Users Prove to Be More Active Online Christmas Shoppers



According to the results of the IBM survey first shared by VentureBeat reporters, iPhone and iPad users managed to beat the users of Android devices in terms of online mobile sales and shopping traffic during this year’s Christmas Day. Last year, by the way, the analysis of user’s shopping activity showed similar results. iOS users were using their devices to make purchases online more often than the owners of smartphones and tablets running Google’s Android.


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Monday, December 29th, 2014. 22:20

Rockstar Consortium Sells 4.000 Patents to RPX Corp



The Rockstar Consortium, which includes such tech giants as Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry, Ericsson and Sony, has recently sold its portfolio of smartphone-related patents to a firm from San Francisco called RPX Corp. This may mean that the end of the patent war between the guys from Cupertino and their rivals is near. As noted in the latest press release published by RPX Corp, the company plans to licence the aforementioned patents to Google, Cisco Systems and a number of other high-profile vendors.


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Saturday, December 27th, 2014. 19:24

Apple Releases Security Update for Mountain Lion, Mavericks and Yosemite Users



Apple on Monday released an important security update for Mac owners. According to what the guys from Cupertino say, this update contains a fix for the critical issue with Network Time Protocol service on OS X and is highly recommended for Mountain Lion, Mavericks and Yosemite users. Apple asks Mac and MacBook owners to “install this update as soon as possible”.


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Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014. 19:30