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February 14 2014

Android Makes Up Nearly 80% of Global Smartphone Shipments

There is no end in sight to the Android versus iPhone debate, but while we can all argue over the pros and cons of each, the numbers don't lie: Android is still the most popular operating system in the world.

According to data from market intelligence firm IDC, Android's dominance in the mobile market is still growing. In 2013, Android devices comprised 78.6% of global smartphone unit shipments — up from 69% in 2012. Compare that to iOS, which made up only 15.2% of smartphone shipments in 2013 (down from 18.7% in 2012).

The following chart, created by Statista, shows the evolution of the top smartphone operating systems. As you can see, there's no contest. Read more...

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February 13 2014

Sorry, Those 'Leaked' iPhone 6 Photos Are Probably Fake

The photos of a new, larger "iPhone 6," posted by frequent hardware leaker Sonny Dickson on Wednesday, have been pointed out as probable fakes by an eagle-eyed member of the Reddit community.

Using the name "colinstalter," the Reddit poster focused on the smudges on the screen of the supposed leaked device as matching the texture pattern on an image (see below) created by Netherlands-based 3D graphics artist Martin Hajek.

Apple Concept

"As for those visuals — they do seem to be based on the iPhone 6 concept 3D model which I made and have been selling on Turbosquid for almost one year now," Hajek told Mashable when asked about the similarities between the supposed leak device and his work. "With my 3D models I normally provide texture maps of fingerprints/scratches/dust...I am guessing someone made good use of my model and knowledge." Read more...

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February 11 2014

'Flappy Bird Song' Helps You Vent All Your Gaming Frustrations

This song goes out to all you gamers who ever wanted to throw your phones out the window after playing Flappy Bird.

The tune perfectly encapsulates the love/hate relationship that smartphone users have experienced since the simplistic game shot to the top spot on the App Store barely two weeks ago. The addictive game is extremely difficult to master, so it's not surprising that many fans are feeling some frustration.

However, YouTuber Jonathan Mann is quelling his rage through song rather than through damaging his property. His cutesy, bubbly tune for "The Flappy Bird Song" paired with his blatantly honest lyrics really get down to the real reason why the game is so popular — we just want to beat our high score. Mann also astutely points out the suspicious similarity between Flappy Bird and Super Mario Read more...

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February 10 2014

High-Tech Business Cards Digitize Contact Info With a Tap

Despite the high-tech tools we use to conduct business, in-person networking still feels instinctive, albeit old school. You won't find startup founders swapping contact info by bumping smartphones. Instead, they solidify their exchanges with business cards — a lo-fi tradition that hasn't changed much since its origins in European aristocracy.

TouchBase Technologies, an MIT startup that made a splash at last year's DreamIt Ventures accelerator, has proposed a new option that falls somewhere between a traditional business card and the mostly unpopular digital alternatives already on the market. Read more...

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February 07 2014

How the iPhone 6 Might Look With a Larger Screen

Apple might be rolling out a larger iPhone later this year, but designer Federico Ciccarse didn't want to wait to see what a big-screen iPhone would look like.

Ciccarse created a series of concept photos that reveal what the iPhone could look like if grows in size. Last month, The Wall Street Journal reported Apple will launch two new iPhones in the second half of 2014: one with a screen larger than 4.5 inches and one with a screen larger than 5 inches. The current iPhone 5S and 5C have screens that measure 4 inches diagonally.

The picture below is Ciccarese's vision for an iPhone with a 5.5-inch display (1,568 x 878 pixels) as well as one with a 4.7-inch (1,338 x 750) display. The 4-inch iPhone 5S (1,138 x 649) is shown to the left. Read more...

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'Hey Dumbass, Say Something Nice to Your Wife' — There's an App for That

Greg Knauss is not a jerk. He's just a little forgetful, and sometimes he gets a little too wrapped up in his work. After 18 years of marriage, he sometimes forgets to tell his wife he loves her, even though he does

So he created an iPhone app to remind him, called it Romantimatic, and made it available for $1.99 on the App Store in late January

"If I could hire some guy to stand behind me and once a day kick my chair and say 'Hey, dumbass, say something nice to your wife,' I would," he tells Mashable. "It's a little easier and less creepy to have an app do it."

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February 06 2014

Apple Takes iPhone 5S to the Runway in New Ad

In September, Apple lent Burberry a set of iPhone 5S devices, which had not yet been released to the masses, to record the debut of its Spring/Summer 2014 collection on the runway. Apple's new ad shows behind-the-scenes footage from that partnership, like three phones mounted on a camera dolly, captured entirely with the iPhone 5S

The 30-second video features several segments that highlight the iPhone 5S' slow-motion mode.

Apple's relationship with Burberry extends beyond this video. In October 2013, the iPhone creator hired Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts as its senior vice president of retail and online stores. Read more...

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5 Things You Should Know About Your Precious iPhone

Apple's iPhone revolutionized communication and design. It also creepily stores your voice on a server in North Carolina.

This week's #5facts delves into the history and revenue of this unstoppable mobile powerhouse.

A giant, super thanks goes out to Mike Rugnetta, the brains and face of PBS Idea Channel, for being our guest on this week's show! If you're not already subscribed to Idea Channel, what are you doing with your life?

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The latest from Idea Channel: Why Do We Hate Selfies?

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February 05 2014

New Apple Patents Hint at Solar-Powered Devices

Apple may be going green in the next few years, based on the latest patents given to the company, which reveal solar cells may soon be in all of Apple’s devices

Apple appears to be creating a new device that can let natural light in and absorb the energy via solar cells in the devices. The key component in the patent is Smart Glass, or electrochromic glass. Acting like sunglasses, the glass can fluctuate its translucency to filter in light.

The idea is to have a layer of photovoltaic cells – cells found in solar panels that absorb energy – located behind the LCD screen on the back of the device to work with the Smart Glass. Since the Smart Glass can sense when natural light is present and filter more light in, the solar cells would absorb more energy when needed and available. This gives new meaning to the term “smart device.” Read more...

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Report: Apple iPhone Still Top U.S. Smartphone, iOS Gains Traction

Despite the growing dominance of the Android operating system, Apple continues to maintain a healthy lead in the smartphone handset space, according to a report from comScore on Tuesday

The report tracks industry data covering the last three months of 2013 and offers a snapshot of smartphone trends in the U.S. in the coming months. Based on comScore’s research, the iPhone has a 41.8 percent market share in the U.S., a 1.2 percent uptick from the previous quarter and an indication that reports of the iPhone’s potentially waning popularity were likely premature

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February 04 2014

Weight-Loss App Uses Tough Love to Get You Fit

Working out has never been so sadistic.

Carrot Fit is a new app that will reward you if you meet your weight-loss goals, but seriously chew you out if you slip up

The brainchild of iOS developer Grailr, Carrot Fit knows more than 2,000 phrases — some kind and some cruel — thanks to iOS 7's new text-to-speech capabilities. Users enter their current weight when they download the app, and are given rewards such as workout tips and cat facts if they shed pounds. If users gain weight back, however, the app gives them a tongue-lashing

"Meatbags," as the app refers to users, can set reminders to avoid missing a weigh-in, share their progress with friends and check their body mass index, among other features. Future updates of Carrot Fit will include features such as a six-minute workout and the ominous-sounding Deathmarch 5K, according to the product's description in the iTunes store. Read more...

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February 03 2014

Report: Apple Working on Wireless, Solar Charging for iWatch

Apple is reportedly working on an battery for its not-yet-announced iWatch that could be charged both wirelessly and from the sun.

According to a New York Times report, the company is looking to build a smarter battery for its long-rumored smartwatch. The report notes that Apple engineers have experimented with — and are still testing — solar charging for the iPod and iPhone, too.

Apple is eyeing a wireless battery with magnetic induction for the iWatch that wouldn't need to be plugged in, the report stated. Induction charging would allow the device to be charged via a base with electromagnetic fields that would create voltage to fuel the iWatch. This technology is already found in some devices, including Nokia's smartphones. However, the report stated the experiment is still a few years away from launch Read more...

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January 29 2014

Apple Is Falling Behind in the Smartphone Game

Apple increased global iPhone shipments by 13% last year, but its growth rate is lagging behind competitors in the smartphone space — arguably the company's most important market.

In 2013, Apple shipped 153.4 million iPhones, up from 135.9 million in 2012. However, Samsung, one of Apple's biggest smartphone competitors, increased shipments from 219.7 million to 313.9 million, marking 43% growth. This is compared the overall market, which grew by 38.4%.

The new data, compiled by the International Data Corporation (IDC), sheds some extra light on Apple's most recent earnings report released MondayStatista's chart, below, tracks the global smartphone shipments from the top companies over the past year. Read more...

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January 28 2014

For First Time Ever, 1 Billion Smartphones Shipped in One Year

For the first time ever, one billion smartphones have been shipped in one year, marking a huge milestone for mobile.

According to data from the International Data Corporation (IDC), vendors shipped more than a billion smartphones in 2013, up 38.4% from the 725.3 million devices shipped in 2012

"It's hard to find any other industry growing at such dramatic increases — the fact that we are seeing this heavy growth shows there is still a huge demand for smartphones," Ramon T. Llamas, research manager of mobile phones at IDC, told Mashable. "Only two years ago, we had half a billion units, so it's a testament to how popular smartphones are and how competitive the market is right now." Read more...

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Did the iPhone 5C Hurt Apple's North America Sales?

Apple sales increased by 5.7% in the holiday quarter year-over-year thanks to a host of new products, but the picture was much different in North America.

The company revealed in its first-quarter earnings report Monday that sales in the Americas actually declined slightly from $20.3 billion in the first quarter of 2013 to $20.1 billion in the most recent quarter. On the earnings call Monday night, Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed that the company's "North America business" had "contracted somewhat year-over-year."

Cook attributed the decline to two factors: carriers and the iPhone 5C. Read more...

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January 27 2014

Apple Sells 51 Million iPhones in Q1, Stock Drops 5%

Only Apple could sell more than 50 million iPhones in a quarter and still see its stock suffer a significant drop right after.

Apple sold 51 million iPhones in the first quarter, the first time it has surpassed 50 million iPhones sold in a single quarter, but less than analysts had expected. By comparison, Apple sold 47.8 million iPhones in the same quarter a year earlier.

Apple CEO Tim Cook had predicted in October that it would be "an iPad Christmas," and it appears he was right. Apple reported selling 26 million iPads, up from 22.9 million the same quarter a year earlier Read more...

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