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by dgstorm at Feb 12, 2016
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It looks like AT&T is working toward a higher speed 5G LTE network even though an actual 5G standard has not been settled by the 3GPP. We already know that both Verizon and Sprint are already testing 1Gbps Advanced LTE wireless internet capabilities, so it's no surprise that AT&T is joining the party. Here's a quick quote from their press release,

"Customers will see speeds measured in gigabits per second, not megabits. For reference, at one gigabit per second, you can download a TV show in less than 3 seconds. Customers will also see much lower latency with 5G. Latency, for example, is how long it takes after you press play on a video app for the video to start streaming on your device. We expect 5G latency in the range of 1 to 5 milliseconds."

A fully fleshed out roadmap is still in the works, but estimates predict it will take at least until 2020 for AT&T's 5G network to see a widespread rollout.

Source: AT&T
by dgstorm at Feb 11, 2016
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According to the latest intel, Apple may be ditching Samsung this year for the production of the A10 chipset for the iPhone 7. Supposedly, TSMC will be awarded the full contract for the A10 chipset in Apple's latest flagship. This is because TSMC's cutting edge 10nm fabrication process will begin in June in slow numbers, but will be ready for full production in 2017.

Here at HQ, we aren't sure if we buy this particular rumor but we are reporting it just in case it turns out to be true, because it would be a big shift for Apple. Also, we've heard this same rumor for years just before a new iPhone. Apple has been supposedly looking to ditch Samsung for a very long time, but it hasn't happened yet. What do you folks think?

Source: MacRumors
by dgstorm at Feb 11, 2016
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One of our admins over at our sister-site,, created a cool video that folks here will find quite revealing and useful. Her name is @smalltowngirl13, and she is a huge fan of Android mobile smartphone tech. She owns more Android smartphones than just about anyone we have ever met, as she purchases almost every new flagship that comes out. Seriously, if she wanted to start her own smartphone business/museum with previous generation smartphones, she already has the inventory.

At any rate, this time, she decided to try out the other side of mobile tech by giving the Apple iPhone 6s Plus a shot. We appreciate that she wanted to try out how things are done in Apple-land. This is because she created this excellent demo video of how she transitioned her apps and capabilities from Android to iOS. She even figured out creative ways to create similar functionality to mimic what she loses from Android when migrating to iOS. This includes various Android specific functions and apps.

We respect that some folks use the Android instead of an iPhone, and we love all of our mobile tech sites. In fact, the other cool thing about this video is that you could just as easily reverse much of what is demonstrated in order to move from the iPhone to an Android.

Either way, the info is valuable and we appreciate @smalltowngirl13 for sharing her experience, as it's almost always good to try out different perspectives. Feel free to comment in the thread below to share your opinions.
by Maura at Feb 11, 2016
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Telltale Games has announced that the first episode in its forthcoming three-episode miniseries event The Walking Dead: Michonne will be arriving on iOS (among many other platforms) on February 25.The second episode, “Give No Shelter” will follow in March, and the third and final episode, entitled “What We Deserve” will be released in April.

The premiere episode, entitled “In Too Deep,” sees the iconic comic book character Michonne joining Pete and his crew on the sailing ship The Companion as they cruise around looking for survivors and supplies. They are led to the scene of a horrific massacre by a signal for help, and then head for the floating survivors’ colony of Monroe, where the murderer is thought to be hiding out.

Award-winning actress Samira Wiley, who plays Poussey Washington in Orange is the New Black, stars as the machete-wielding Michonne, created by Robert Kirman for his best-selling comic books. The storyline covers the events between issues 126 and 139, explaining Michonne’s absence from the group.

Aside from the release date, Telltale Games also revealed that fans can view an extended preview of the first episode at Telltale Games on Sunday, February 14, at 8:30 p.m. EST/5:30 p.m. PST. The preview will be introduced by the development team.

Source: Telltale Games
by Maura at Feb 11, 2016
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AppleInsider reports on a new research report from Parks Associates that shows that Apple had 40% of the U.S. smartphone market in 2015, although nearest rival Samsung certainly made a strong showing with 31% of the share, ensuring that it held on to its position of number 2 smartphone maker in the US. The rest of the pack were a long way behind the front runners, with LG in third place with a 10% share, and Motorola and HTC fourth and fifth respectively.

Parks Associates also found that iPhone owners are holding on to their handsets longer than owners of other models, with one third of iPhone owners still using a model that is more than 2 years old, which is a little above the 30% of Samsung owners who say the same. The survey also found that 45% of all American broadband-using households wait 2 years before choosing to upgrade their smartphones.

While Apple’s home market in the US has always been its biggest iPhone market, both China and Japan are now vital iPhone markets for Apple, with the former set to beat the US into second place when it comes to Apple revenue before too long.

Sources: iPhone controlled 40% of US smartphone market in 2015, data shows, Parks Associates
by Maura at Feb 10, 2016
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According to AppleInsider today, app developers have really taken to Apple Pay, and are using it more and more to enable in-app payments. One reason why Apple Pay is proving to be a popular method of payment for apps is because it does n’t need NFC payment terminals to be installed in a retailer.

In the original report by Ian Kar for Quartz, it said that Apple Pay is making “serious progress in mobile commerce,” pointing to figures from Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster who said that the number of apps that now accept Apple Pay are reaching an “inflection point.”

Use of Apple Pay from within a store app, for example, only needs the user to approve the transaction via Touch ID, which is a lot easier than painstakingly entering payment information and billing address details.

According to various apps that use Apple Pay, this infinitely more streamlined approach has led to an upswing in order completions, in contrast to the traditional method of payment where people often ditch their virtual shopping cart before completing payment.

For example, men’s clothing retailer JackThreads says that Apple Pay users were 92% more likely to complete their transaction.

Other services that have incorporated Apple Pay into their payment system include AirBnb, Kickstarter, and Uber.

And it’s not just virtual transactions that are involved here, as many physical stores are using Apple Pay to enable customers to pay for their goods much more easily in-store, with Apple’s own retail store app being a case in point. Other apps with this service include Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts.

Source: Apple Pay in-app transactions rapidly expanding beyond NFC payment terminals
by dgstorm at Feb 9, 2016
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For many users, this list of 5 hidden features for the iPhone will not actually contain any secrets. Some iPhone owners know every nook and cranny of their device. For those who don't have the DNA of their Apple device memorized, here are a few handy hidden "secret" features of the current iPhone line. Enjoy!

Text Shortcuts: To find this one, you just need to go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Text Replacement and tap the plus symbol. You then input a specific word or phrase in the Phrase field and then add something short and sweet (and easy for you to remember) in the Shortcut field. After that, each time you type that small series, it will type out the longer phrase or word you entered in the Phrase field. What a handy shortcut.

Custom Vibration Alerts: To find this, you just need to open up settings, and then go to Sounds > Ringtone/Text Tone/Etc > Vibration. Inside there is an option to Create New Vibration. This will let create a new vibrate pattern for calls and/or texts, and you can specify the pattern by tapping it out. This is like custom ring-tones for friends or family, except it's a custom vibration instead!

Hide Unwanted Apple Apps: Have you ever thought that many of the Apple apps just take up valuable screen real estate because you don't use them? You can actually take care of that yourself! Head to Settings > General > Restrictions and enable Hide Unwanted Apple Apps by entering your PIN or passcode. You will then be given the option to hit a toggle next to any of those pesky Apple apps, and it will hide them from your home screen. Neato!

Head Control: Not everyone knows that the iOS platform actually has some cool head gesture based controls built in. Most of these are designed for folks with special needs, but that doesn't mean we can't find creative ways to use them. If you go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Switch Control and activate it, you will be able to add Camera as a new...
by PhilSynowiec at Feb 9, 2016
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For years, screen protectors for almost any device have been quite a burden to put on. More recently accessory companies have came up with new technology and methods to apply screen protectors, but there's always a chance one might end up with pesky air bubbles.

What started out as a service in Japan last week is now international. Apple is now offering a screen protector installation service at most of its Apple Store locations. The company's method is based on Belkin's ScreenCare+ Application System. The system ensures that screen protectors will be applied flawlessly every time.

The only catch here is Apple will only use the system with the support Belkin screen protectors. Currently supported screen protectors include; Belkin TrueClear InvisiGlass Screen Protector and Belkin TrueClear Anti-Glare Screen Protector for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus.

Source: MacRumors
by DrumsOfGrohl at Feb 8, 2016
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Finally, after rumors and slow roll outs, Instagram has released an update to its popular iOS app that lets users easily switch between accounts. The app now supports up to 5 different accounts as of version 7.15 of the Instagram app.

Previously, the only way to use separate accounts was to log out of the current account, type the Instagram handle and password for a second account, and then log back in. This was very tedious, especially when you just want to make one comment and you're logged into the wrong account.

To start taking advantage of this new functionality, go to the options page and select "add account" at the bottom. After this is done, switch between accounts by selecting the username at the top of the screen and you'll see the other username you can select.

Notifications will be different in this update as well. According to Instagram, notifications "depends on when you last logged in and the number of devices that are logged in to an account." 9TO5MAC suggests this could "indicate that users won't receive all push notifications for all accounts, which may help" conserve battery life.

Here's more information directly from the Instagram Help page: Add and Switch Between Multiple Accounts | Instagram Help Center
by dgstorm at Feb 8, 2016
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Here's the latest rumor from the Apple camp. Apparently, the iPhone 5se/iPhone 6c could be coming in three color combinations, and one might surprise. According to the leaked intel, the 4-inch version of the iPhone could hit streets in silver, space gray or bright pink.

While the former two colors are unsurprising, the latter color seems to be a bit of a shock. Obviously there is precedent for this as the iPhone 6s was eventually released in a "rose gold" (light pink) option. What would be surprising about this is the suspected shade of pink. As you can see in the image above, we have a bright, neon pink iPodTouch. That's very likely the color we will see for the iPhone 5se.

There's one other interesting thing to note about this rumor, and that is actually the absence of a color. The rumor only details three colors and the notable absence is the color white. Of course, the silver color basically replaced white for the iPhone 6s, so that isn't too surprising. We will keep an eye out for any new info regarding this new rumor. What do you folks think?

Source: MacRumors

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