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Google sets its sights on the iPhone with HTC deal

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Of the three most influential companies in smartphone design, Nokia fragmented into a million pieces after being bought out by Microsoft, Apple is still going strong, and Google just bought the third with its $1.1 billion deal with HTC. The reason why Google acquired what looks to be the majority of HTC’s phone design and engineering team is simple, and it’s been obvious for over a year: Google is serious about becoming a hardware company. Early in 2016, Google created a new hardware division and re-hired Motorola chief Rick Osterloh to run...

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Google is buying part of HTC’s smartphone team for $1.1 billion

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Google is making another big buy into smartphone hardware — or at least the people responsible for creating it. The company has just confirmed that it plans to acquire part of HTC’s mobile division team for $1.1 billion. “These future fellow Googlers are amazing folks we’ve already been working with closely on the Pixel smartphone line, and we’re excited to see what we can do together as one team,” Rick Osterloh, Google’s hardware boss, wrote in a blog post. “The deal also includes a non-exclusive license for HTC intellectual property.”...

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9 cool AR apps you should download to try out iOS 11′s ARKit

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Since it was first announced at WWDC, Apple’s ARKit has been open to developers to get a feel for the new platform. Now that iOS 11 is finally here, ARKit is available for anyone with an iPhone 6S or later, the iPad Pro, and the latest 9.7-inch iPad. In the time between the announcement and its official release yesterday, developers have used ARKit to create apps for big brands like The Food Network and AMC’s The Walking Dead, as well as for smaller, but no less important amusements like this demo that does nothing but visualize AR tea cups...

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Designer reveals all the ways iOS 11′s design is flawed

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Apple’s newest mobile operating system, iOS 11, comes out today, and Steve Jobs probably would’ve been super pissed if he were still alive. HackerNoon’s Ryan Lau has posted a comprehensive breakdown that calls attention to all the ways iOS 11′s design is flawed. From misaligned titles and margins to inconsistent design elements, it would appear Apple’s slipped up on the details. SEE ALSO: 8 reasons why buying an iPhone 8 makes more sense than the iPhone X For almost everybody (including myself), you probably...

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Why I’m Holding Out For The iPhone X

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CUPERTINO, CA – SEPTEMBER 12: (L-R) The new iPhone 8, iPhone X and iPhone 8S are displayed during an Apple special event at the Steve Jobs Theatre on the Apple Park campus on September 12, 2017 in Cupertino, California. Apple held their first special event at the new Apple Park campus where they announced the new iPhone 8, iPhone X and the Apple Watch Series 3. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) I’m in the market for a new iPhone, so I was anxiously awaiting the big reveal from Apple to find out which rumors were true and what the...

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How to Get Your iPhone and iPad Ready for iOS 11

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Apple officially releases iOS 11 on Tuesday, September 19, and a host of new iPhone and iPad features are coming with it, such as a revamped Control Center, a new Files app, Drag and Drop gestures, and several other updated design elements. This article covers some of the things you can do to prepare your devices for Apple’s latest mobile operating system, including storage maintenance tips, backup advice, and a few other useful tidbits to consider before upgrading. First though, it’s worth finding out if your mobile devices are...

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How long should a $999 iPhone last?

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I usually spend about $1,300 on a new computer, and I usually expect it to stay in good shape for about four years — if not more. So if I’m spending over $1,000 on an iPhone, how long should I expect to use it for? Smartphones have never had the longevity that modern computers have, often staying current for only two or so years. There are a good number of reasons why: For one, smartphones are historically cheaper, so it makes sense that companies would expect them to be replaced a bit sooner. But more importantly, smartphones are evolving at...

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IBM’s Watson Data Platform aims to become data science operating …

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IBM is aiming to make Watson Data Platform a de facto operating system for data science in the months ahead as it compiles various functions and parts and combines them into a cloud-based effort to make data more consumable. Turning big data into business insight through 2017 How can the cloud help CIOs to make the most of the information their firms collect? Read More Today, Watson Data Platform is a collection of services used to prepare, store, ingest and analyze data and then allow customers to build applications on top of it. These...

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The iPhone X from an Android user’s perspective

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It’s been almost a year since the Google Pixel made me put down my iPhone and transformed me from a Google apps user on Apple hardware to a pure Google acolyte. In the grand tug of war between mobile religions, I’m now pulled in the direction of Android, and I can’t express much regret about it. But Apple has just made official its biggest redesign and rethink of the iPhone ever, and so I was definitely curious about the iPhone X and the future it paints for the Apple ecosystem. As it turns out, though, the iPhone X really isn’t a phone...

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iPhone X pricing, features vs. iPhone 8 and 8 Plus: Which is better for you?

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