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The Art of Going Adrift: Apple’s New iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

September 9 is behind us. So is Apple’s yearly iPhone keynote. And this is the first year I feel somewhat deeply disappointed by the Cupertino company, and also the very first time I realize how far the Steve Jobs days are. I do not want to start on a wrong foot here, but please bear with me a little more. Of course, I cannot but acknowledge Apple’s awesome dedication and focus on sleek, marvelous design. The new iPhones are indeed gorgeous. ...
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iOS 8 Changelog and Best Features Detailed

iOS 8 does look like it's another game changer for the fruit company. This time around it's not the design Apple is focusing on. It's the third-party access to core system functionality and developer APIs. Here is the full changelog: Refined UI in multi-tasking, Mail, Messages, third-party sharing options among other system apps. Safari plugin support, bird-eye tab view for iPad iCloud Drive with 5GB free storage Third-party keyboards, ...
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Siri, Beware: Google Search For iOS Just Got a Lot Better

Google Search app for iOS just got updated today with the ability to directly ask questions with your voice and deeper integration with Google Now. The voice integration means a “smarter” conversation with the app. Smarter as in more intuitive. Hence definitely much more productive and efficient results. The process is simple, Android users are familiar with it: You just have to tap the microphone or say “Ok Google”. then you can ask questions ...
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iPads Get Blessed With The New ‘Voice’ From Adobe

Say hello to Voice from Adobe. It is a free multimedia iPad app that facilitate the creation of narrative, animated videos, and make it available to (almost) everyone. At least ones owning an iPad. What exactly is Voice? It's an app that features real-time motion graphics, audio sweetening, and HD video output, built to substitute for and enhance PowerPoint-style deck presentations by placing the emphasis on both audio and visual elements. ...
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Nike Cancels Its FuelBand Project

Things seem to turn sour on the wearable hardware front for Nike. It does look like the company is shutting down the its operations related to wearable Tech. Signs might have been misleading, as Nike just opened a Nike+ Fuel Lab in San Francisco last week that listed the FuelBand as part of its mandate, and as it released a new version of the FuelBand last fall. Times were rather tough for the FuelBand. Wearables face competition from smartphones ...
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Apple Announces Top iPhone Grossing Apps

Apples smartphone app market is more competitive than ever, with more than one million apps readily available for your fast little fingers to swiftly tap and swipe around the screen. All these apps make for over sixty billion downloads in total – and that’s just last year’s report! So what does it take to be the year’s top grossing app? Besides having a company like www.brusmedia.com/ to boost your rankings. Apparently, lots and lots of ...
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The Future of Tablets Does Look a Lot Like Apple’s Retina Mini

Technology has been handed to us as a step function. They first present to us a tablet, then it's better, faster, stronger offspring. The  a bit later again, its smaller sibling, to be followed by its improved version just a few months later. This is the marketing model all Tech companies have been adopting lately. It's a bit of a pain, really, to know that Tech companies know exactly what their products will look like in 5 years, but noticing that ...
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So What Exactly Is An iBeacon?

An iBeacon is a cheap, low-power device that adds indoor location awareness to your phone. When you walk into its range (that of its Bluetooth Low Energy signal), it can tell roughly how far away you are and then ping you a message, activate an app, pair your phone with a device, etc. The way NFC-enabled tags and devices would normally work, but that time, contactless. That also does imply some annoying stuff: iBeacons can be used in retail stores ...
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Can LG’s G2 Beat The iPhone 5s?

Let us start with form. The iPhone 5, and hence the 5s is the most stylish and elegant smartphone out there. Aluminum-built, slim, sleek are the keywords to look for. HTC’s One was the only Android smartphone to come close to these standards. Our first days with the G2 did involve a lot of fumbling around the back of the device, searching for the power and volume buttons. The G2 is all-plastic, but nevertheless, does feel solid and well built. Then ...
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Who Is Tony Fadell?

If you've already heard the name before, you certainly know that Tony Fadell was one of the fathers of Apple's iPod. If you're Lebanese, you've definitely noticed that the name is familiar. And it is indeed: Tony Fadell is "an inventor, designer, entrepreneur, and angel investor" (quoting Wikipedia), alumnus of Grosse Pointe South High School, Michigan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a BS in Computer Engineering. And he is ...
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iPhone 5s Review: Just One Thing Still Missing

It's that time of the year once again. The new iPhone is here. And usually, like for movies, you can tell the quality of a Tech device by how the sequel holds up. And the iPhone 5s does look like holding up pretty good, since in many ways, Apple did find a way to make it look like a first: the iPhone 5s is the very first smartphone to run a 64-bit operating system, the first smartphone to incorporate a separate engine for detecting movement and the ...
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Apple New iPhones: a Shift in Strategy Towards (Even) Better Margins

On the 10th  of September, Apple broke the tradition by unveiling to the world not one single new  iPhone  model, but two: the 5S, the expected update to 2012’s model the iPhone 5, and one curious new device (which isn’t as new as you’d expect), the iPhone 5C. This doesn’t come as a full surprise, since many sources were leaking information about Apple releasing 2 new devices this year, the other one being called the “budget iPhone”, ...
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Fights Over Technology (Literally)

While catching up on the news today I realized that some people would go to the extremes to be from the first to have the newest technological item. Now since in Lebanon there is no exact Mac Store, you won't exactly see campouts and endless lines piling by the doors waiting for the official sales of the newest phone or product. but all across the world iProduct releases are dead serious. But really, men fighting over bits of metal and plastic? Here ...
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iPhone 5c Demand: Yay or Nay?

Usually, in the natural life cycle of an iPhone, there is a standard set of questions that get asked around on the Internet: "When will the new iPhone be announced?", "How will the new iPhone be different?", "Is the new iPhone amazing or what?", "How many iPhones were pre-ordered upon release?" Let's stop at the last questions (though there are so many that keep popping up throughout the year, but we will leave those for other articles. Apple has ...
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No iOS 7, No Problem

With the upcoming release of iOS 7, developers are working on sleeker, sexier applications. But it doesn't necessarily mean users of previous iOS users will be forgotten. As much as some of us are anxious for the new software, a lot of "iUsers" are not. Most people don't care for updating their software as long as their applications work, even more so, some products cannot even be updated; the original iPad cannot handle the new software apparently, ...
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App Highlight: Carrot Alarm, Your “Bondage-Back To School” Friend

I personally am an alarm clock lover. And this goes back to the analog ages of physical bells ticking alarm clocks. They were my only way not to be late for school. Without them, I would have spent all my days in bed. But we live now in the app era. And alarm clock apps are flourishing. But while most of the alarm apps you’re already accustomed to will be fairly compliant to your every whim, Carrot Alarm is... a little different. From the makers ...
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How To Use Your iPhone Without a Home Button

Is your iPhone’s home button busted? Do you have to press it really hard in order to get it to work? Click ratio is really low and nerve consuming? There’s a simple fix for your problem. Most of all it's free and easy to get. If you're a normal user, there's a part of your iPhone settings you most probably never accessed before. Well you will now. AssistiveTouch. Here’s how to turn it on: Open up Settings Tap on General Scroll ...
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iPhone 5s’ New Features

I am not a big Apple fan but today's launch of the iPhone 5s made me think about getting an iPhone for the first time in my life. The latest iterations of Apple's smartphone was launched today in an event that started at 20:00 (Beirut time) where CEO Tim Cook presented the iPhone 5c followed by the iPhone 5s. Below are the main changes we can report between the iPhone 5s and its predecessor. As expected, the iPhone 5s exterior is pretty similar ...
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The Art of Being Too Late: The Tale of Microsoft and Nokia

The time when Nokia phone releases used to thrill and kill me is still very vivid in my mind. Nokia was (roughly) all that we had back then, and speaking it truly, all we had was good. It was reliable, it was efficient. Then the iPhone came and changed everything. I know it is too simplistic of a statement, but nevertheless true. In my opinion, the iPhone changed everything not because of a sexy Apple spell that is apparently irresistible to all, ...
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jOBS Review

Plot Summary: It only takes one person to start a revolution. The extraordinary story of Steve Jobs, the original innovator and ground-breaking entrepreneur who let nothing stand in the way of greatness. The film tells the epic and turbulent story of Jobs as he blazed a trail that changed technology -- and the world – forever. Cast: Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs Dermot Mulroney as Mike Markkula Josh Gad as Steve Wozniak Lukas Haas ...
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September 10, an iDate to Remember

It has been months of rumors and leaked pictures concerning the new iphone, presumably named iphone 5s/c, well it's set September 10 is the date to look forward for. Not only will the new phone be released, but more details concerning iOS 7 will be unraveled, which according to Apple is the newest thing to them since the release of the iPod. The iPhone 5S is rumored to have a fingerprint reader for extra security, a faster processor and an improved ...
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Nokia Mocks the iPhone 5 Camera

For those who don't know, although it may be illegal in Lebanon for companies to demote or mention their competitors, it is highly encouraged across seas. Nokia's recent PR stunt is to promote that they are about Quality rather than Quantity. In the ad Nokia tries to show the viewers what an 8.7-megapixel camera, Carl Zeiss lens, and dual LED flash camera can do compared to the Iphone 5's camera. It seems to me that Nokia is clearly admitting that ...
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The Eight-Inch Encounter: Mini Tablets

Tablets (the whole concept of computer slates) remain a mystery to me. I always was skeptical about the potential success of tablets. But history did prove me wrong, as tablets sales did plummet throughout the past few years. Even better: Medium-sized tablets also did well, even though the late Steve Jobs didn't believe they had a market. What is even worse for me is that the whole tablet thing is getting crazy, lately, with lots of iterations and ...
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Microsoft to Bring Some PC/Console Games to iOS and Android [REPORT]

Microsoft, the software and hardware manufacturing giant is said to be preparing to bring its PC/Console franchises over to iOS and Android. According to Reuters and Nikkei, MS is thought to be partnering up with Japanese smartphone game maker, Klab Inc. to port over their games through a licensing deal which will see them porting Microsoft's large Xbox and Windows games catalogue onto the two hugely successful mobile platforms. It is said that ...
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Apple WWDC 2013 Keynote Overview

Well, it is finally here, one of the most anticipated technology events of the year, Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). And as usual, Tim Cook and all the others were there to present us with the new innovation as well as products (software and hardware) that are in Apple's offerings. And, if you are one of those people who watched the Keynote, you can surely see that Apple is listening to the comments that have been coming up around ...
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Hot Stuff: The Best Laptops In The World

And here's to you a new feature on Tech-Ticker. Hot Stuff will, from now on, bring you flash snapshots of industry's best devices, gadgets and applications, on a regular basis. For its first edition, Hot Stuff will give you Tech-Ticker's current Top Four of the laptop world. Special Mention: Toshiba Kirabook Toshiba's champion is a laptop that shows off its touch-friendly Metro side, giving Windows 8 a true proper launchpad. With its stunning ...
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Apple Announces the Dates for its Annual WWDC

Apple announced today that its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will take place this year between June 10th and 14th in San Francisco. The event's description goes as follows: "Get an in-depth look at what’s next in iOS and OS X, and learn how to take your apps to the next level. With over 100 sessions, extensive hands–on labs, and engaging events, you’ll connect with Apple engineers and fellow developers for an incredible week ...
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Apple iPhone 5S Concepts Surface

It is this time of the year when all Apple-related rumors start emerging, particularly to the iPhone. We keep hearing rumors and seeing concepts about the changes to the design, screen size or even name (will it be an iPhone 5S or will Apple change its direction and call it an iPhone 6, we don't think so). We even attempted to speculate (and wish) how the new version of Apple's iOS will look like with its 7th iteration. So, today, new concept images ...
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What iOS7 Should Look Like: A Fanboy’s Perspective

For naysayers, iOS is a windowless room with locked doors where each person plays in its own sandbox that is made to LOOK like a real sand-containing box (*cough skeuomorphism *cough)... Luckily, and as you'll notice after you finish reading this article, I'm not one of those "anymore"... When the iPhone was demoed in 2007, many, including myself, called it "the blonde smartphone". It looked great, had a soft touch, shined like a diamond, yet lacked ...
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Next iPhone: What Apple (Obviously) Needs To Do

iPhone Is Trailing Behind, This Time Around It's been a long time since the last time we actually wrote about the Cupertino company, or any of its products. But it's that time of the year when the iPhone rumors start blooming here and there and everywhere around the net. But this year, more than any other time before, things will be kind of tough for Apple and the iPhone. Because the competition is stronger, ever more active, and most importantly ...
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