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With Mailbox dead, these are the best iOS email apps with push Gmail support

12/09/2015, 11:12 am

Dropbox this week announced that it will discontinue its popular iOS email client Mailbox in early 2016. Thankfully there are a number of quality alternatives available for free on the App Store that offer similar functionality, including instant push notifications for free Gmail accounts.

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IDC expects Apple's iPhone to handily outpace a slowing global smartphone market in 2015

12/03/2015, 03:12 pm

Citing continued consumer demand for the latest models, IDC on Thursday said it expects Apple's iPhone shipments will post 17.3 percent growth across 2015 -- nearly doubling the performance of the overall global smartphone market.

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Google to shut down Songza on Jan. 31, migrate listeners to Google Play Music

12/02/2015, 05:12 pm

Google will officially shut off Songza at the end of January, leaving a two-month window for listeners of the streaming service to migrate to Google Play Music, according to an announcement.

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EFF complaint accuses Google of mining data from school children [u]

12/02/2015, 10:12 am

The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a federal complaint against Google this week, accusing the search giant of violating its own promises to not collect personal information from children using its devices and services in the classroom.

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US Congress, corporations get behind Email Privacy Act to shield online communications from searches

12/01/2015, 05:12 pm

A proposed bill before the U.S. House of Representatives, the Email Privacy Act, would overhaul 1986's Electronic Communication Privacy Act and require that law enforcement obtain a search warrant before reading online correspondence.

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Google Chrome for iOS gets 3D Touch, Hangouts gains notification replies via Apple Watch

12/01/2015, 01:12 pm

Google has updated two of its key iOS apps, bringing 3D Touch support to Chrome, and direct quick replies to Hangouts notifications -- including on the Apple Watch.

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Apple R&D spending is a fraction of other major American tech companies

11/30/2015, 11:11 am

Apple spent just 3.5 percent -- $8.1 billion -- of its 2015 revenues on research and development, proportionately far less than peers like Google and Facebook in the American tech landscape.

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Half of data connections by top 500 Android apps are 'covert' with no effect on user experience

11/19/2015, 10:11 am

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have discovered that half of the communications connections established by the top free Android apps are hidden to the user, and much of the data is being transmitted for unknown purposes.

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Silicon Valley bracing for severe El Nino flooding; Apple, Campus 2 outside primary flood zone

11/18/2015, 07:11 pm

After years of crippling drought, California is now entering a powerfully wet El Niño weather pattern that is predicted to bring record precipitation. Flooding in coastal areas along San Francisco Bay poses risks of devastating economic impacts for the region, although Apple's principal offices centered in Cupertino should help it avoid much of the impact.

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Apple's annual iPhone release cycle supercharges switchers' leaps from Android, Windows Phone

11/17/2015, 01:11 pm

A report examining smartphone brand loyalty found that buyers of higher end devices tend to prefer sticking to what they have, but that Apple has been very successful in inciting switchers to jump to iOS during its iPhone upgrade cycles.

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Apple acquired 15 companies this year, but the identity of 6 remain a mystery

11/11/2015, 04:11 am

Over the past 12 months of Apple's fiscal 2015 (ending in September), the company "completed 15 acquisitions to enhance and accelerate our roadmap for products and services," noted its chief executive Tim Cook in the company's quarterly earnings call. However, the identity of only nine of these are known, and some of those haven't been confirmed.

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Google bringing expanded offline maps, navigation to iOS

11/10/2015, 03:11 pm

iPhone owners will soon be able to get the same convenient offline access to maps, navigation information, and point-of-interest data promised to Android users in a future Google Maps update, the search firm said Tuesday.

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Google to discontinue Chrome support for OS X Snow Leopard, Lion & Mountain Lion in April 2016

11/10/2015, 03:11 pm

Google on Tuesday announced that it will phase out support for its popular Chrome browser on OS X versions 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8, as well as Microsoft Windows XP and Vista, come April 2016.

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Google buys iOS video app maker Fly Labs to boost Google Photos

11/06/2015, 05:11 pm

Google on Friday announced plans to bolster its Google Photos team with the purchase of Fly Labs, developers behind four iOS apps for making quick video edits on the go.

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Google looking for chip partners to enable Android to compete with Apple's A9 chip

11/05/2015, 08:11 pm

Google has plans for series of chips it wants to co-develop with hardware partners to help standardize Android and make it more computationally competitive with Apple. However, the effort is considered a long shot by people in the chip industry.

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Three new malware strains infect 20k apps, impossible to wipe, only affect Android

11/05/2015, 05:11 pm

A new adware scourge injecting itself into popular apps such as Facebook and Twitter is also "virtually impossible to uninstall," requiring infected users to replace their phones. Because it only affects users of Google's open-store Android app model, the device replacement requirement may accelerate the trend of users switching to iOS.

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ACLU: Google is embarrassed by Android security, isn't protecting vulnerable users like Apple's iOS

11/04/2015, 03:11 pm

The difference between encryption and security on iOS and Android isn't just a technical issue but a "digital security divide," according to the principal technologist for the American Civil Liberties Union. That's because Apple secures its devices while Google leaves Android open to data collection and surveillance.

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Google finds serious flaws in Android code Samsung added to Galaxy S6 Edge

11/03/2015, 05:11 pm

Google's bug hunt to identify software flaws in Android has revealed 11 exploitable flaws in Samsung's software included on its high end Galaxy S6 Edge flagship, including "a substantial number of high-severity issues," within just a week of looking.

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Apple's investments in infrastructure, tooling, retail to jump to $15 billion in 2016

10/31/2015, 12:10 pm

After spending $11.2 billion across fiscal 2015 on capital expenditures, Apple anticipates that it will ramp up its investments in manufacturing, data centers, facility and retail infrastructure to $15 billion over the next year.

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Majority of Google Play reviews for Apple's Android Beats Pill+ app are abusive

10/30/2015, 06:10 pm

Google has struggled to attract a fraction of iOS' top-tier commercial app development for its own Android platform. The abusive language allowed in Google Play--for reviews of products the reviewer hasn't even downloaded--highlight another reason why so few developers take Android seriously as a platform.

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