iPhone and Android Smartphone Duopoly Reaches Peak With Estimated 99.9% Market Share Last Year

A record 99.9 percent of smartphones sold worldwide last year were based on either Android or iOS, as all competing platforms have effectively been squeezed out, according to data shared today by research firm Gartner. Android remains more widely adopted than iOS by a significant margin, with a roughly 86-14 percent split between the respective …

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iPad App of the Year 'Affinity Photo' Updated With RAW Improvements and Limited-Time Free Add-On Brush Packs

Affinity Photo, which Apple named the iPad App of the Year for 2017, was today updated with a suite of “more powerful professional features,” according to developer Serif. To celebrate the new update, users can also download three add-on brush and filter packs for free starting today. Specifically, version 1.6.7 of Affinity Photo lets users …

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Net Neutrality Repeal Made Official With Entry Into Federal Register

It’s been two months since the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 in favor of repealing Net Neutrality rules that were put in place by the United States government in 2015. That decision has been made official today by being entered into the Federal Register, and will become law starting April 23, 2018. Following the vote, …

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Apple Pay Used on 16% of Active iPhones Worldwide, Widespread Adoption Still Expected in 3-5 Years

This morning, Loup Ventures shared new information on Apple Pay adoption, estimating that there were 127 million global Apple Pay users by the end of 2017, a jump from 62 million the previous year. Given that there are about 795 million active iPhones around the world, this means that about 16 percent of iPhone owners …

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Apple to Debut New AirPods This Year With Handsfree 'Hey, Siri' Voice Command Feature, 'Water-Resistant' Models Coming in 2019

Apple is reportedly working on several upgrades to its wireless AirPods with a new version of the popular headphones set for release as soon as this year, according to Bloomberg. Like with its mobile devices — the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch — Apple intends to frequently update the AirPods with new hardware features. The …

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Apple Shares New Photos of First Store in Austria, Opening February 24

Apple’s first store in Austria is set to open on Saturday, February 24, and ahead of the store’s official launch date, Apple has shared some photos that showcase the new location. Apple Kärntner Straße is located on Vienna’s Golden Quarter, in the famous pedestrian shopping street between St Stephens Cathedral and the Vienna State Opera. …

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How to Merge and Remove Duplicate Contacts in macOS and iCloud

If you’ve been maintaining and migrating the same Contacts list across Macs over the years then you’ve probably come across your fair share of duplicate contact cards. They can also appear seemingly out of nowhere after setting up iCloud Contacts on your Mac for the first time. Unless you intentionally keep certain information for the …

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Apple Shares Behind the Scenes Look at How the Portrait Lighting Feature Was Created

Apple this evening uploaded a new “Portrait Lighting” video to its YouTube channel, which is designed to give a behind the scenes look at how the Portrait Lighting effects on the iPhone X were created. Take a look behind the iPhone X and discover the process we went through to create Portrait Lighting. Combining timeless …

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Apple Partners With 2018 BRIT Awards, Shares New Apple Music Feature and Playlists

Apple today announced on Twitter that it was the official digital music partner of the 2018 BRIT Awards, which is celebrated each year with a major awards ceremony in London. The 2018 BRIT Awards, which just wrapped up, featured performances from artists like Justin Timberlake, Stormzy, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Liam Payne and Rita Ora, …

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T-Mobile Announces $200 Rebate Offer for iPhones and BOGO Deal for Apple Watch Series 3

T-Mobile today announced a new iPhone offer for customers thinking about purchasing one of Apple’s latest smartphones. Following a BOGO deal from January, T-Mobile is now offering customers the chance to get a $200 rebate when purchasing the iPhone X, 8, 8 Plus, 7, or 7 Plus on a 24-month Equipment Installment Plan, received in …

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Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 50 With Bug Fixes and Feature Improvements

Apple today released a new update for Safari Technology Preview, the experimental browser Apple first introduced nearly two years ago in March of 2016. Apple designed the Safari Technology Preview to test features that may be introduced in future release versions of Safari. Safari Technology Preview release 50 includes bug fixes and feature improvements for …

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Apple Releases Third Beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 to Public Beta Testers

Apple today released the third beta of an upcoming macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 update to public beta testers, one day after seeding the third beta to developers and two weeks after releasing the second 10.13.4 public beta. Beta testers who have signed up for Apple’s beta testing program will be able to download the new …

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