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iPad’s Share of Tablet Market Slightly Shrinks in Q3 2014

Posted on 30/10/2014 by Chris Hauk

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While Apple’s iPad lineup continued its reign at the top of the tablet market in Q3 2014 , its lead shrank again, and it fell slightly behind Amazon in J.D. Power’s semiannual customer satisfaction survey.

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Samsung, Apple Continue Global Smartphone Lead – Xiaomi Grabs 3rd

Posted on 30/10/2014 by Chris Hauk

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Research firm IDG reports the global smartphone market grew 25% in the third quarter of 2014, with Apple hanging in there in second place, Samsung losing marketshare while retaining its lead, and Chinese phone maker Xiaomi grabbing a surprising third place in the rankings.

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Microsoft Reveals $199 ‘Microsoft Band’ Fitness Band

Posted on 30/10/2014 by Chris Hauk

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Shortly following an early reveal via the iOS and Mac App Stores, Microsoft has officially revealed its $199 Microsoft Band fitness wearable. The company revealed the device to Re/code, and said the device goes on sale Thursday in Microsoft’s online and retail stores.

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Tim Cook’s Open Letter: ‘I’m Proud to be Gay”

Posted on 30/10/2014 by Chris Hauk

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Apple CEO Tim Cook has publicly come out as a gay man in a letter written for Bloomberg Businessweek. Cook says while it “wasn’t an easy choice,” and that his privacy remains important to him, he has come to realize that his desire for personal privacy has been holding him back from doing something more important.

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CurrentC Hacked: Alerts Users to Stolen Email Addresses

Posted on 29/10/2014 by Chris Hauk

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It seems that CurrentC, the “secure” mobile payments competitor to Apple Pay that’s being pushed by Walmart, Rite Aid, CVS, and others, has already been hacked. A message went out to early trial users of the CurrentC system informing them that a third party hacked had into the system and grabbed some of their email addresses.

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MacTrast Deals: The Monster Mac Freebie Bundle + Bonus App: BackBlaze

Posted on 29/10/2014 by Chris Hauk

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Here’s a chance to get 7 great Mac apps for free. Plus, after 50,000 downloads, everyone gets 3 months of Backblaze Online Cloud Backup for free! So be sure to grab your free bundle, and share your good fortune on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+, so we reach the 50K download milestone so we can all grab that free 3 months of Backblaze!

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Retina Display Enhanced Microsoft Office for Mac On The Way

Posted on 29/10/2014 by Chris Hauk

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Leaked screenshots of what is claimed to be a new version of Outlook that is to be part of Office for Mac 16 have appeared on Chinese site cnBeta, and ZDNet reports that its sources say Microsoft will be announcing the timing for its next edition of Office for Mac “very soon.”

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CurrentC Merchants Hit With Large Fines If They Accept Apple Pay

Posted on 29/10/2014 by Chris Hauk

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Retail partners of the Merchant Customer Exchange consortium – the power behind the CurrentC mobile payments solution – are contractually required to use the CurrentC system, and can incur large fines if they use a competing solution, such as Apple Pay, in their stores.

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What Can You Do With an Old Phone Booth?

Posted on 29/10/2014 by Chris Hauk

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Due to the popularity of mobile phones, such as Apple’s iPhone, public phone booths are quickly becoming a relic of the past. But what do you do with a phone booth when it’s no longer needed? Sell it to Superman?

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iOS 8 Now on 52% of All Active Devices

Posted on 29/10/2014 by Chris Hauk

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After five and a half weeks of availability, Apple’s iOS 8 mobile operating system is now on 52% of all active iOS devices. Those numbers come from Apple’s own App Store support page for developers.

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