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Why apps won’t matter going forward

Remember the time when there were no smartphones? Seems like a lifetime ago doesn’t it? Most mobile apps we had were simple tools such as unit converters or games. Hardly an app for booking your railway or flight tickets nor did we have as efficient mobile versions of websites. Today, almost every service that caters to a large audience has a dedicated mobile app, a mobile version of its website, and a fully functional desktop version, then there are other standards creeping up on them such as Google’s AMP project.
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Apple climbs over Samsung to lead smartphone sales for Q4 2016 but Samsung is still number one

It has been a while, but Apple has finally become the world’s number one smartphone manufacturer. Well not exactly that, but as long as you only consider the three months in the fourth quarter of 2016, Apple managed to best Samsung’s 17.7% of the global smartphone market with 17.8% market share thanks to the Galaxy Note 7 drama. Apple sold a company record 78.3 million iPhone handsets during the fourth calendar quarter, topping the 77.5 million handsets shipped by Samsung during the same three months. Continue reading


Apple and Google forced to remove the Microsoft-owned LinkedIn app from Russian appstores

Russia’s communications regulator Roskomnadzor has started to enforce a proposed block of LinkedIn in the country, after the social network failed to transfer Russian user data to servers located in the country, violating a law. This recently-passed Russian law requires that any company holding data on Russians house that data within Russia. Russia began blocking LinkedIn’s website last November under that law, which some critics argue is an indirect form of censorship. Continue reading


LG G5 is the most easily repairable smartphone of the year, Galaxy S7 the least : how about yours?

The iFixit team does a lot of tearing down over the year, from smartphones to voice assistants to earbuds. The teardowns are a way to tell us what parts went into the making of a certain device, what could have been the possible production cost and how difficult or easy it is to repair.

They’ve laid hands on nearly every big-name device to come out in 2016, and have put together a nice little infographic showing how some of the bigger names stack up on repair-ability. Naturally, the infographic also includes the most and least repairable devices they ended up diving into throughout the year. Continue reading


Spotify reveals embarrassing listening habits of some users

We all have our guilty pleasures, but those usually stay private. Spotify is currently putting the strangest listening habits of its users on blast with billboards placed in major cities in the United States, United Kingdom, France and Germany in a hilarious new marketing campaign, posing some rather serious questions (and providing commentary) about its users.

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Google Pixel has a weird image bug related to screenshots sent from iPhones

When you take a screenshot, on any device, it is essentially an image and as such, can be viewed on any other device without any problems, unless the format is proprietary and requires special software for access. But screenshots are mostly JPEGs so there shouldn’t be a problem viewing them on any computer or phone.

But according to some Pixel owners who are sent screenshots from an iPhone are receiving a wonky version of the image instead. The market is mature enough today that there aren’t many issues when it comes to cross-device compatibility but apparently, the flagships from Google and Apple don’t really like each other much. Continue reading


VLC media player to bring support for 360 degree videos across all platforms

VLC Media Player, you have to be someone who doesn’t play videos on his computer to not know the name. The app that lets you play basically any video format on practically any platform, is now about to add support for the possible future. By future I mean, 360-degree videos which are becoming more and more common, and yet, strangely, we hardly have any native apps to play them apart from the web browser.
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