From TechCrunch: Gartner reports first ever global decline in smartphone sales

 Global smartphone sales have not been firing on all cylinders for several years now but Gartner’s latest figures record the first ever decline since the analyst began tracking the market all the way back in 2004. Read More

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From Digital Trends: The best running apps for iOS and Android

Running isn’t always easy, especially if you lack motivation. Luckily, these best running apps offer GPS tracking, leaderboards, achievements, sharing capabilities, and a host of other encouraging tools to help keep you on track.
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From Digital Trends: Check out our list of the best iPhone deals for February 2018

Apple devices can get expensive, but if you just can’t live without iOS, don’t despair: We’ve curated an up-to-date list of all of the best iPhone deals available for January 2018.
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From Digital Trends: Motorola’s survey confirms we’re addicted to our smartphones

Motorola released its results from a new survey that examines smartphone habits and how it might impact relationships. The survey found people are prioritizing smartphone use over human interaction.
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From BGR: Documents suggest that Apple will release two new iPad models soon

Apple coverage has alternated back and forth between the iPhone and the HomePod in recent months, but it looks like another product line will soon steal the spotlight. This week, French blog Consomac spotted filings which indicate that Apple has been granted approval by the Eurasian Economic Commission for two new devices identified as A1954 and A1893. The devices are described in the filings as “tablet computers,” suggesting they are new iPads.

Although new iPads with Face ID functionality are rumored to arrive before the end of the year, there’s a good chance that the devices referred to in these documents are far less exciting. As 9to5Mac explains, all signs point to the “tablet computers” being mundane refreshes of the standard iPad line, rather than brand new iPad Pros.

When it comes to Apple products, filings often turn up days or weeks prior to the actual unveiling of the devices. For example, mentions of the iPhone 7 and AirPods appeared just two weeks before the keynote in 2016. Plus, the latest MacBooks were discovered in the EEC database in May before making their debut at WWDC in June.

If the trend continues, the new iPads would be revealed within the next several weeks, which would be months before either WWDC 2018 or the inevitable iPhone event this fall. Consomac believes that this is a sign that Apple will hold a special press event in March to show off the new tablets, but it seems far more likely that Apple will simply roll out the refreshed iPad models without any fanfare, as it has on multiple occasions in the past.

In the end, this is all speculation based off of vague filings, but don’t be surprised if a couple of updated iPad models quietly find their way on to Apple’s online store within the next month or so, perhaps with lower price tags.

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From Digital Trends: Cobalt crisis coming? Apple in direct talks with miners of battery mineral

Apple might want to brush up on their (cobalt) mining….craft, Qualcomm set to bring Snapdragon-powered VR headset to MWC2108, fast Ferrari 488 gets even fast with new Pista version.
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From VentureBeat: Apple applies to expand Apple TV trademark to video games in over 60 countries

Although Apple’s video gaming track record has largely rewarded enthusiasm with disappointment, a new Apple TV trademark application discovered by Patently Apple indicates that the company is still interested in video games. Filed last week, the application expands the use of the Apple TV name for video gaming purposes — nothing else. The application is noteworthy […]

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From BGR: iOS 11.3 public beta 3 is available, go download it now

Yesterday, Apple dropped the third developer beta of iOS 11.3, giving us another look at the company’s “fix� for the iPhone battery throttling problem. As per hallowed tradition, that means that the public beta with all the same features drops today — which means it’s time for all you non-developers out there to hook up to Wi-Fi and start the download.

The iOS 11.3 betas have proven to be a goldmine so far. The first beta brought us a bunch of new features, including new Animoji, a version of ARKit, and some battery health data. iOS 11.3 public beta 2 brought us new battery health features, including a toggle that lets users with older batteries disable the “performance enhancements” that got Apple in so much trouble.

iOS 11.3 public beta 3 is available for download right now for anyone on the public beta channel. If your device is already configured with the public beta profile, you should see the update appear for you to download right now. Just go to Settings–>General–>Software Update, and you should be prompted to download and install the update.

The iOS 11.3 update will be bringing a whole host of new features to the iPhone when it launches. The biggest point of interest for most people has been the new Animoji. Although we’ve become used to new emoji landing with an iOS update, this is the first time that any new Animoji have been released. Apple is blessing us with the power to become a lion, a bear, a dragon, or a skull, which brings the total number of face-mimicking Animoji up to 16.

In addition, iOS 11.3 brings the newest version of Apple’s augmented reality kit, ARKit 1.5 In addition to horizontal surfaces, ARKit will now be able to recognize and place objects on verticals surfaces, like walls and doors. It can recognize the position of a sign or a poster, which Apple says can be utilized for interactive museum exhibits or bringing movie posters to life. Plus, the view from the camera now has a 50% greater resolution and auto-focus.

A battery health function in the Settings app is another big addition, which will let users check the health of their iPhone’s battery without downloading a third-party app or going to the Apple Store. Apple is offering discounted $29 battery replacements to all iPhone 6, iPhone 6S, and iPhone 7 users, and presumably the company is hoping that having a way to check battery health from within the Settings app will help reduce the number of people swarming the Apple store.

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From Digital Trends: Get ready to change the way you type with this wearable keyboard

The Tap Strap is an amazing wearable keyboard that turns gestures into taps, so you’ll never need to touch your keyboard or touchscreen to type out a text message or email again.
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