All items tagged with "iPhone"

Hands on: Minor refinements boost major improvements in iOS 8 beta 3

The latest iOS 8 beta serves up many minor tweaks that put a friendly, usable face on the major improvements at the heart of the mobile operating system. In today’s video, we take a quick look at iOS 8 beta 3. We’ll show you the latest upgrades to the software to give you an idea what to expect to see on your own device this fall, when Apple releases iOS 8 to the public.

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Lost iPhone’s impossible journey starts in Oklahoma grain silo, ends in Japan

If an iPhone falls in the woods, does it ring? Photo: , Flickr CC

Photo: Chris-Håvard Berge/Flickr CC

If you’re anything like me, losing your iPhone is nearly a weekly occurrence. Kevin Whitney has the same problem, except when the Oklahoma farmer lost his iPhone it traveled halfway across the world.

Whitney accidentally dropped his iPhone into a grain pit last October and watched it shoot up the elevator and disappear into a bin full of 280,000 pounds of grain. Luckily for him, the lost iPhone full of family photos found its way to an incredibly nice person in Japan.

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All hail the king: iPhone 5s is the world’s most popular handset

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According to new research from market intelligence firm ABI Research, the iPhone was the world’s most popular smartphone in Q1 2014, leaving competitors in the dust as the top-selling handset globally.

Despite ripping off ideas, paying celebrities to endorse their products, and having a confusing matrix of dozens of smartphones on the market, Samsung was unable to capture the no. 1 spot from Cupertino — with Apple’s flagship iPhone 5s 16GB coming in at the premier position.

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iPhones killed the celebrity autograph, says Taylor Swift

Photo: Wanelo

Photo: Wanelo

Has the iPhone done away with the good-old-fashioned celebrity autograph? The answer is a resounding “yes” according to pop singer and professional bitter-ex-girlfriend Taylor Swift. In a new op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, Swift writes that:

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Here’s proof iTunes Radio isn’t the underdog you think it is

iTunes Radio quickly became known as an underdog after its release last fall, with Apple facing an uphill battle against established services like Spotify and Pandora. In today’s video, we take an in-depth look at iTunes Radio, its features, its future — and why it deserves your attention.

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Steve took our Jobs, says Finnish Prime Minister

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Most of us couldn’t have been any more excited for the iPhone and iPad. Then again, most of us aren’t the Finnish Prime Minister.

Speaking to Swedish financial newspaper Dagens Industri, Prime Minister Alexander Stubb has accused Apple’s late-founder Steve Jobs of crushing his country’s job market with two innovations that caught Finland completely off-guard.

“We had two pillars we stood on: one was the IT industry, the other one was the paper industry,” Stubb said — noting that both were affected by the arrival of Apple’s smartphone and tablet combo in the mid-2000s.

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Don’t wait for Handoff — these 5 apps sync seamlessly today

Don’t wait for Handoff — these 5 apps sync seamlessly today

iOS 8’s Handoff feature looks totally rad. Imagine starting off a task on your Mac and then being able to continue where you left off on your iPhone or iPad without waiting. Just pick up the device and everything has already synced.

But wait! There’s no need to imagine this, because you can already do it right now, and you don’t even need iCloud. Handoff looks truly useful, and will blur the lines between our devices more than ever before, but let’s take a look at some apps that already work seamlessly between platforms.

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Gadget Watch: Tar, totes, tarmac and notes

iPhone is the #1 smartphone in U.S. market share

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The iPhone is far and away the most popular smartphone in the U.S., according to a new report by research firm ComScore. According to ComScore, 169 million cellphone users in the U.S. use smartphones — representing around 70 percent of all mobile users.

Of these, Apple can lay claim to 41.9 percent of users, while runner-up Samsung has captured 27.8 percent of the market. After Samsung, the numbers drop dramatically to 6.5 percent for LG, 6.3 percent for Motorola, and 5.1 percent for HTC.

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Xistera crams every iPhone photo accessory into single awkward package

Xistera crams every iPhone photo accessory into single awkward package

Homely multitool Xistera packs many iPhoneography essentials into one pointy package. Photos: Charlie Sorrel/Cult of Mac

Take the Xistera out of its box and you’ll be disappointed. It’s ugly as hell, like a cheap corkscrew, and it looks like it won’t really do much. But hidden in those graceless curves and eye-gouging corners is what a lazier journalist than me would call a “Swiss Army knife of iPhoneography.”

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