Published on October 31 2013

Over the past year and a half Google's steadily added newfeatures and cards to its predictive search assistant, Google Now. With Android 4.4 KitKat and the new Nexus 5, the company's taking the opportunity to upgrade Google Now and search on mobile with the goal of "bringing apps and the web together," as Android and Chrome OS chief Sundar Pichai said in a meeting with press today.

Google Now and speech recognition get big updates in Android 4.4 KitKat

Search has always been closely tied with Google Now, and it's receiving some much-appreciated attention today. Search results no longer ignore the apps on your phone. Google is now crawling through mobile apps to find their content and bring features directly to the fore, just like the company has done for years on the web.

For example, a simple search for a restaurant will offer a link directly to that restaurant page in the OpenTable app if you have it installed, allowing you to set up a reservation. Or a recipe search will bring you to the result directly inside of the AllRecipes app — rather than the mediocre mobile website. Pichai says the new feature will be rolling out by mid-November with a select number of apps, and an API that will allow all developers to enable their apps will be available "in the coming months."

“We wanted to focus on what Google does best.”

Speech recognition is receiving some upgrades as well. With the update you'll be able to wake up your Nexus 5 and search just by saying "OK, Google," like on the Moto X. The company has also added a feature that lets you engage in a conversation with your phone to clarify what you're searching for. As Google product manager Johanna Wright explained today, the voice assistant will ask clarifying questions in a type of "back and forth." It seemed a bit clunky in a demo, but the idea is that your phone will ask you questions like "which Jennifer?" and "mobile or work?" if it doesn't understand precisely what you want to do. Hopefully there will be fewer mistakes, too, as Google promises speech recognition now makes 25 percent fewer word errors than last year. If there is a mistake, however, you'll be able to quickly highlight and change the incorrect word.

Lastly, Google Now is occupying prime real estate in Android 4.4. With the Nexus 5, a new launcher lets you pull up the assistant by swiping to the right on the homescreen. You can also pull up Now with the old gesture from the bottom of the screen. When you get into Now, there will be a selection of new cards to greet you. Google is keeping track of what people search in certain locations so that it can bring you relevant websites automatically. If you're at Yellowstone National Park, for instance, Google Now will offer you the website that shows when the geyser is set to go off. Or if you're at a movie theater it'll show you Fandango.

"We’re able to figure out which website and just which updates from that website are relevant to you.”

Google Now will also keep track of your interests better than it has in the past. It'll bring up new articles in topics you're interested in, and if there's a particular website you read — say, The Verge — Now will keep you up to date on what you care about. Wright maintained that “we’re not showing tons and tons of updates ... we’re able to pull out the needle in the haystack.” We're excited to see for ourselves when the update hits in the coming weeks.

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"How to recover deleted files on my Mac?My friend got evidence of paranormal activity in her house on tape, got scared, deleted the file, and emptied her trash bin. Now we want it back. How do you recover the deleted file on my Mac?" ----- Answers Yahoo

Trash, also known as Trash Bin or Recycle Bin, is designed on computer to temporarily store deleted files. Therefore you can either recover them if you deleted them accidentally or empty Trash later to release more space to save new files. Unfortunately, many people delete files and empty Trash immediately, some veteran Mac users even use Command+Delete to remove files directly. It means the files won't stay in Trash. But it turns out that there might be some files that you've emptied from Trash is what you want. In such cases.

Don't worry, you can still recover your deleted files on Mac with a third-party data recovery program if the files deleted are not overwritten by new files. Here, it is highly recommended to use Wondershare Data Recovery for Mac to recover deleted files on Mac

Wondershare Data Recovery for Mac is powerful enough to recover formatted, deleted and inaccessible images, archives, documents, songs, videos, etc. from Macbook, iPod and Mac desktop, USB drives, digital camera, mobile phones and other storage media.

Tips: Don't download and install any program in the place where you lost your files, for this could overwrite your lost data. Download and install it on another partition. If you need to recover deleted files on Windows, you can turn to Data Recovery for Windows.

Step by step to recover deleted files on Mac

Step 1: Choose Lost File Recovery mode

"Lost File Recovery" can undelete files from a partition or removable media, no matter deleted by Command + Delete or emptied from the Trash.

This recovery option is recommended at first, for it takes you only a few minutes to retrieve deleted files from Mac Trash. If you can't get deleted file in this mode, you can try "Raw Recovery" later, which can recover tons of files including those lost long time ago, more time consumed accordingly.

How to recover deleted files on Mac
Step 2: Scan the location of Trash in Mac

Select the logical drive where you deleted your files, if you have more than one drives on your Mac. Then click on "Scan" to search your deleted files.

How to recover deleted files on Mac
Step 3: Preview and recover files from Mac Trash

You are here now. When the scan finishes, all files you deleted are listed with the original path, no matter you deleted them directly from Library, desktop, or Trash, etc. Undoubtedly, files you emptied from Trash are in the "Trash" folder. Or you can search the file's name in the search bar on the top to retrieve it fast.

Before recovery, you can preview the file to make sure the files or quantity. Common image formats, documents and archives are allowed to preview directly.

How to recover deleted files on Mac

Tips: During the scanning process, you can choose to "Pause" or "Stop" the work if you have found the files you are looking for in the list or you have to leave for a while. If you pause it, you can continue it any time when you are available. If stop, you don't need to drop the current scanning result, and you can save it on your computer for next time recovery by resuming it, which can save you much time.

Step 4: Save the recovered files on another partition or disk

When checking the file for recovery, click on "Recover" to retrieve them.

What you should keep in mind is: don't save the recovered files on the same place where you lost them, in case you overwrite them. If you don't find all the files, the deleted files will be overwritten for your new files' storage.

How to recover deleted files on Mac

Tips: Before "Empty Trash", please check the Trash Bin carefully. If you find some valuab, you can highlight the ones that got mistakenly sent there and drag them out of Trash Bin to avoid this data loss headache.

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Published on October 30 2013

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is the latest Android smartphone unveiled during a Samsung press conference at IFA Berlin on September 4, 2013 with its worldwide release beginning later in the month. It was designed to have a lighter, more upscale design than previous iterations of the Galaxy series.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 a 5.7-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera capable of filming videos in 1080p at 60 fps and 4K resolution at 30 fps. Therefore, it is ideal for taking high-definition videos and photos.

However, sometimes, you may deleted your shot photos or videos by accident. Then, how will recover deleted files from Samsung Galaxy Note 3? Luckily, you still have change to get back your deleted files from Samsung Galaxy Note 3 on the condition that you stopped taking new photos or videos once deleting happens.

Then, you can use a Samsung Data Recovery program to help you recover deleted files from Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Here, you can turn to Dr .Fone for Android which is powerful enough to recover deleted videos, photos, messages, contacts etc from Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and from other Samsung devices like Samsung Galaxy Note 1/2, Samsung Galaxy S4/S3/S2/S, Samsung Galaxy Tablet etc.

Easy steps to recover deleted files from Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Step 1: Connect your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to the computer

Download, install and run Dr .Fone for Android to pop up the following main interface. Then, connect your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to the computer via a USB

How to recover deleted files from Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Step 2: Enable USB debugging before scanning your phone

If you didn’t enable USB debugging on your device, you’ll see the window below. Follow the detailed expression in the window to set it now.

Note: If you have enabled USB debugging on your device before, you can skip this step.

1) For Android 2.3 or earlier: Enter "Settings" < Click "Applications" <<strong> Click"Development" < Check "USB debugging" 2) For Android 3.0 to 4.1: Enter "Settings" < Click "Developer options" < Check"USB debugging" 3) For Android 4.2 or newer: Enter "Settings" < Click "About Phone"trong> < Tap"Build number" for several times until getting a note "You are under developer mode" < Back to "Settings" < Click"Developer options" < Check "USB debugging"

How to recover deleted files from Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Note: If you still get this window and the USB debugging has been enabled, please try to disable it and reset it again.

Step 3. Scan your Samsung Galaxy Note 3

When your device is connected and detected by the program, click "Start" button in the screen below to start analyzing it.

How to recover deleted files from Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Note: Before doing this, make sure that your phone battery is more than 20% charged, so that you can get a smooth scan

If your device is not rooted before, the program will directly scan it after the analysis.

Note: For the device that Wondershare Dr.Fone for Android doesn’t support currently, it may lead you to set USB Mass Storage on your device to scan photos, videos, music and documents, or to root your device by yourself (if there is no USB Mass Storage option). All rooted Android devices are supported well. You can choose to do it or not by yourself.

If you rooted your device before, you need to allow the program Superuser authorization on the screen of your device. Just click "Allow" when the message pops out on your device’s home screen. Then back to your computer, and click "Start" on the program's screen to scan your device.

How to recover deleted files from Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Note: For some devices, they may ask you to click "Allow" more than one time on your device's homescreen. It's normal. Just do it if it askes. It doesn't matter. Just click it until it doesn't appear again or the program has begun its real scan.

Do not disconnect your device during the scan, or the scan will fail.

How to recover deleted files from Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Step 4: Preview and recover data from Samsung Galaxy Note 3

The scan will take you some time. When messages and contacts are scanned out, it will remind you. And you can stop the scan to get them back if you only want to recover deleted messages and contacts. For photos and video, it will take you more time to scan out all of them.

After the scan, you can check details of all the found data one by one. Mark those you want and click "Recover" to save them on your computer.

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Published on October 29 2013

Apple’s new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c aren’t even two months old and we have already seen a half-dozen iPhone 6 rumors pop up since their debut.

The latest news comes from a Japanese magazine called Mac Fan, which recently issued a report that was picked up on Tuesday by Macotakara.

Recent reports suggested that Apple is still toying with a number of different display sizes for its next-generation flagship iPhone, but Mac Fan claims that the iPhone 6′s display is a done deal — the new iPhone will apparently feature a full HD 1080p Retina display that measures 5 inches diagonally.

The report also says that Apple’s next-generation iPhone will launch sometime in September 2014, which would certainly make sense considering the company’s recent launch pattern.

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Published on October 29 2013

"I just got my Galaxy S3 a few days ago, Friday. I'm new to Android basically coming off of my "dumb" phone of 5 years. I can post pics if you guys want. So anyways, is there a way to recover lost videos? I have been Google'ing around and I know there are solutions out there, using recovery programs and such. Essentially I took a video, it went to my gallery, then I deleted it on accident.

Are there anyone to give me a way? Thanks for your help. I hope I can get this figured out."

It is not hard to find a data recovery program to recover your deleted videos from Samsung Galaxy S3. And here, I'd like to recommend Dr. Fone for Android who stands out as the most practical and powerful Samsung Data Recovery to help you fast and best recover deleted videos from Samsung Galaxy S3.

Dr. Fone for Android is able to recover deleted videos and photos, contacts and messages as well from Samsung Galaxy S3, besides, it can also recover deleted files from other Samsung devices such as Samsung Galaxy S4/S2/S, Samsung Galaxy Note 1/2/3, Samsung Galaxy Tablet etc.

Simple guide to recover deleted videos from Samsung Galaxy S3

Step 1: Connect your Samsung Galaxy S3 to the computer

After downloading and running Dr. Fone for Android, you'll see the main interface as follows, then, connect your Samsung Galaxy S3 to the computer via a USB cable.

How to recover deleted videos from Samsung Galaxy S3

Step 2: Enable USB debugging before scanning your phone

If your Samsung device isn't detected by the program, you need to enable USB debugging (or enable USB Storage Mode) on your phone. Check what Android OS is your Samsung and then choose the right way to open USB debugging follow below steps:

1) For Android 2.3 or earlier: Enter "Settings" < Click "Applications" <<strong> Click"Development" < Check "USB debugging" 2) For Android 3.0 to 4.1: Enter "Settings" < Click "Developer options" < Check"USB debugging" 3) For Android 4.2 or newer: Enter "Settings" < Click "About Phone"trong> < Tap"Build number" for several times until getting a note "You are under developer mode" < Back to "Settings" < Click"Developer options" < Check "USB debugging"

How to recover deleted videos from Samsung Galaxy S3

Step 3. Scan your Samsung Galaxy S3 for deleted files

Once your Samsung is detected, the program will ask you to click the "Start" button to start analyzing your Samsung Galaxy S3.

How to recover deleted videos from Samsung Galaxy S3

Note: Before starting, make sure that your phone battery is more than 20% charged, so that you can get a smooth scan.

If your device is not rooted before, the program will directly scan it after the analysis.

Note: For the device that Wondershare Dr.Fone for Android doesn’t support currently, it may lead you to set USB Mass Storage on your device to scan photos, videos, music and documents, or to root your device by yourself (if there is no USB Mass Storage option). All rooted Android devices are supported well. You can choose to do it or not by yourself.

If you rooted your device before, you need to allow the program Superuser authorization on the screen of your device. Just click "Allow" when the message pops out on your device’s screen. Then back to your computer, and click "Start" on the program's screen to scan your device.

How to recover deleted videos from Samsung Galaxy S3

Note: For some devices, they may ask you to click "Allow" more than one time on your device's homescreen. It's normal. Just do it if it askes. It doesn't matter. Just click it until it doesn't appear again or the program has begun its real scan.

Do not disconnect your device during the scan, or the scan will fail.

How to recover deleted videos from Samsung Galaxy S3

Step 4: Preview and recover data from Samsung Galaxy S3

After finishing the scanning process, a list of recoverable files that have been found from your Samung will be shown. In addition, there will be a preview window of files where you can preview the contacts, SMS, photos and videos from Samsung device. Mark those you want and click "Recover". You can selectively save them on your computer

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Published on October 28 2013

Apple today announced financial results for the third calendar and fourth fiscal quarter of 2013. For the quarter, Apple posted revenue of $37.5 billion and net quarterly profit of $7.5 billion, or $8.26 per diluted share, compared to revenue of $36 billion and net quarterly profit of $8.2 billion, or $7.05 per diluted share in the year-ago quarter.

Gross margin for the quarter was 37 percent compared to 40.0 percent in the year-ago quarter, with international sales accounting for 60 percent of revenue. Apple also declared a dividend payment of $3.05 per share, payable on November 14 to shareholders as of the close of trading on November 11. The company currently holds $146.8 billion in cash and marketable securities.

The company generated $9.9 billion in free cash flow from operations and Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer said Apple returned $7.8 billion in cash to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases.

For the full fiscal year, Apple generated $170.9 billion in sales, a new record for the firm, with just over $35 billion in net income. In fiscal 2012, Apple made $41.7 billion on $156.5 billion in sales thanks to stronger margins. In 2013, Apple sold 16.34 million Macs, its lowest total since 2010, and 26.4 million iPods, its lowest total for that category since 2005.

It sold a record 150 million iPhones on the year, up 25 million from 2012, and the company has now sold 421.3 million smartphones in total. It sold 71 million iPads, a new record, and the company has now sold 169.2 million tablets.

Apple reports Q4 2013 year-end results: $7.5 billion profit on $37.5 billion in revenue

Quarterly iPhone unit sales reached 33.8 million, compared to 26.9 million in the year-ago quarter, and the company sold 14.1 million iPads, compared to 14 million in the year-ago quarter. Apple sold 4.6 million Macs compared to 4.9 million in the year-ago period.

Apple's guidance for the first quarter of fiscal 2014 includes expected revenue of $55-58 billion and gross margin between 36.5 and 37.5 percent.

Apple reports Q4 2013 year-end results: $7.5 billion profit on $37.5 billion in revenue

Apple will provide live streaming of its Q4 2013 financial results conference call at 2:00 PM Pacific, and MacRumors will update this story with coverage of the conference call highlights.

Conference Call and Q&A Highlights are available in reverse chronological order after the jump.Live Updates - No need to refresh.

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Apple's iPhone 5c delivers a colorful new option in an improved, mid-level iPhone intended to compete against $99, subsidized Android phones.

iPhone 5c makes some noteworthy enhancements to Apple's formerly bestselling iPhone 5, which over the last year has been both the world's top selling iPhone and top selling smartphone: a slightly enhanced front facing camera, a bit larger battery, new radio baseband components providing broader LTE carrier coverage and a new scuff-resistant, polished plastic case available in a series of vibrant colors.

It's not a major feature update to iPhone 5 in the sense that the premium iPhone 5s is; instead, it's a repackaging designed to deliver the features of the original 5 at a lower cost, providing a compelling alternative to phones such as the HTC One X, Google's Moto X, Samsung's Galaxy S4 and Nokia's Lumia 1020, all of which use similar 32-bit processors, with less impressive battery life and a far more limited selection of high quality or exclusive first and third party apps.

iPhone 5c: five colors

A primary selling point of iPhone 5c is that, like the iPod touch, it comes in a variety of colors. Unlike the iPod, it's built using an innovative new process that forms a single, seamless plastic back with an integrated metal framework. The back is then lacquer coated and polished to glossy, ceramic-like finish, as Apple demonstrated in launch video.

The result is a device that doesn't feel "plasticy" like the iPhone 3G did or as most competing Android phones do. It also feels less delicately precious as iPhone 5 and the new 5s. Rather than sporting gleaming chamfered edges, the 5c has a simple, seamless, solid feel that you might feel more comfortable using without a protective case.

The new build gives iPhone 5c a slightly thicker body. It doesn't feel thick, but its just enough larger that it its cases aren't really interchangeable with the original 5 or 5s. The new leather cases Apple debuted are slightly too snug for the 5c's volume buttons to work, while conversely the 5c's new silicon case feels a bit loose wrapped around the 5 or 5s.

The iPhone 5c comes in white or a series of bright colors: pink, yellow, blue or green. The case colors match the palette of iOS 7 (highlighted in the video below), and Apple even sets a default gradient-pattered background that matches your case color. You'll likely want to change that right away because the grid pattern exaggerates motion parallax in a way that is not very pleasing, unlike the at least interesting universe of stars on the default background set for iPhone 5s. The default background image color is however reflected through iOS 7's translucent panels, helping further blur the line between hardware and software.

The mix and match colors Apple offers in its silicon cases for the 5c are designed to enable users to personalize or accessorize their phone as they like, a primary selling point borrowed from the iPod family. The new colored iPhone strategy is also a big jump away from Apple's typical affinity for selling as few SKUs as possible; the company jumped from two color choices across its iPhone family to eight: five for the 5c and three more for the 5s.

Managing inventory across different colors is a talent Apple practiced with the iPod touch rollout last year, and across the simpler iPod nano and shuffle models over previous years. Developing two entirely different new iPhone models this year may likely be in itself an experiment in building out more variety among its iPhone offerings, experience the company will need when it decides to begin offering a wider range of device sizes.

Outfitted in one of the new silicon cases, iPhone 5c feels bigger and right on the border of childlike. It also feels even less fragile, as if it could survive some rough treatment. There's not much protection for the screen however, although the rubbery case does provide a raised lip around the glass front that should help prevent cracks from drops.

The leather cases for the 5 and 5s have a much more serious feel to them, more like an attache case or the upholstery in luxury car. It's too bad the two devices are just different enough in size so that you can't interchange them in order to span from playful to dressy. There are, of course, a wide variety of third party case offerings available.

Flip the iPhone 5c around and its screen, Home button and interface provide an experience identical to iPhone 5, and very similar to the nicer 5s, which has a much faster A7 chip that's only really noticeable when using specialized apps and with the camera. The other primary difference is Touch ID, meaning that 5c buyers will have to type in a security code to unlock or make purchases, like an animal.

What's new: Camera

Over the last year, iPhone 5 rapidly became not only the most popular smartphone, but also the most popular camera, according to statistics from Flickr.

Apple has rapidly improved the iPhone's camera since the release of iPhone 4, adding higher quality sensors, lens improvements and increasingly sophisticated image and video processing, including face detection and movement stabilization.

This year, both the iPhone 5c and 5s get a minor improvement to their lower quality, front-facing FaceTime camera in the form of backside illumination, which uses precision manufacturing techniques to build an image sensor where the wires serving the photosensitive imaging elements are placed behind them, maximizing the amount of light that can be detected.

iPhone 5c beats existing smartphones in performance, battery

iPhone 5c also gets a larger battery, weighing in at 5.73 Watt hours. At 3.8 Volts, that appears to offer 1507 milliamp hours, compared to the previous iPhone 5 battery which was 5.45 Wh or 1440 mAh. Many competing smartphones in its class have larger batteries, but inferior battery life.

Nobody else yet makes a 64-bit smartphone, so Apple's primary competition in the market for profitable smartphones are those with a price and specifications similar to the iPhone 5c. Apple also sells the substantially less attractive iPhone 4S at a lower price point to compete with cheaper phones. However, that price point represents the tail end of iPhone sales volumes, at less than 10 percent.

Samsung's Galaxy S4 delivers similar performance benchmarks to iPhone 5c, despite being clocked higher and having more RAM. And unlike various higher-end Android or Windows Phone models, Apple's 5c runs all of the apps and games designed for iOS, including the free Pages, Numbers and Keynote and iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand that Apple now throws in for free.

The 5c also delivers better battery life than Samsung's S4 or even its Note 3 outfitted with a huge battery. It also beats the battery performance of other Android phones in its class by an even wider margin.

What's new: Broader LTE support

iPhone 5c, along with the 5s, also expand their LTE capabilities to serve more bands around the world than any other smartphone.

The original iPhone started out as one of the last premium smartphones still stuck in the pre-3G world of AT&T's GSM/EDGE. Over time, Apple's phone gained support for 3G and then increasingly faster versions of 3GPP 3G standards, from 7.2 Mbps HSDPA (downloads) on iPhone 3GS to 5.8 Mbps HSUPA (uploads) on iPhone 4 and 14.4 Mbps HSDPA on iPhone 4S.

Last year's iPhone 5 added the first support for 4G LTE networks as well as DC-HSDPA (with downloads up to 42Mbps, it's at least as fast as most carriers' 4G LTE service). This year, the iPhone 5c (and the new iPhone 5s) both use the same Qualcomm MDM9615M Baseband Processor but it's paired with a new WRT1605L receiver, allowing it to work with more networks over new LTE bands and China's TDD-LTE variant used in that country and in Australia, the Middle East and some other places.

Both new models have identical carrier support, shifting from iPhone 5's three hardware models to four versions of the iPhone 5c (A1532 North American GSM/CDMA for AT&T, T-Mobile & Verizon; A1456 Sprint/Japan CDMA with additional support for LTE bands 18 & 26; A1407 for Europe lacking LTE bands 4/AWS, 13, 17, 18, 19, 26 but adding 7; A1529 for Asia/Pacific, identical to Europe but adding support for China Mobile's TD-LTE bands 38, 39 and 40, also used in Australia).

There's now support for many more LTE bands than before, allowing broader global compatibility with new, additional carriers. There are some potential features Apple isn't supporting: one is simultaneous CDMA voice while using LTE data (which would require dual radios, as a few higher end big phones have). Apple does have support for VoLTE, which puts voice calls on the LTE data network, but most major carriers haven't yet rolled out support for this.

Apple also supports "wideband voice," which uses more wireless cellular bandwidth to deliver a higher quality voice call. This also only works on a few carriers, as each company builds out its own technologies and support for various available standards (there's so many to choose from!).

Apple also has its own high quality VoIP technology: Audio FaceTime, although again, carriers have been slow to support this over their 3G/4G networks. This largely restricts its use over WiFi. When you have a WiFi connection, you may be amazed at how much better a FaceTime call is in both quality and reliability. You can also use FaceTime to connect to Macs, iPads and an iPod touch, and of course connect via a video FaceTime call as well.

Worth the small savings?

iPhone 5c is "only" $100 cheaper than the fancier iPhone 5s, which has more impressive CPU specs, a significantly improved camera and Touch ID. For anyone clamoring for the latest and greatest, that makes the 5s a no brainer.

For a large number of buyers, particularly those upgrading from an iPhone 4S or older model, the 5c is a substantial upgrade. If you're outfitting a couple kids with smartphones, the 5c is not only less expensive but may be more appealing due to its more rugged back and the fact that it comes in fun colors.

If you're trying to choose between the two, you probably should get the 5s, which will likely have a longer lifespan due to its leap in processor performance. If you don't plan to keep it for three years, you can at least be reasonably assured that it will likely be worth more when you do go to sell it, and along the way you get more convenient security, better photos and the ability to work with more sophisticated apps and games.

On the other hand, if you're looking to pay less up front iPhone 5c offers a less expensive route to owning an iPhone 5-class phone, particularly with retail incentives that are currently knocking even more off its $99 base price. It's a much better phone than the slightly cheaper/free 4S, which lacks its larger screen, has a significantly older camera and still uses the more fragile older Dock connector.

iPhone 5c: Rating 3 out of 5

Not too shabby, and if you recently purchased one, you can be fully content that you have nearly the best smartphone available this year outside of iPhone 5s. The camera is good, the network speed can't really bet bettered, and you can run any app near the top of where it was designed to run. Remember to turn on Activation Lock in iOS 7, although you will have to bother with typing in a password.


Pros:

  • Solid, colorfully fun construction
  • Leading battery life even when using LTE 4G, without a big heavy package
  • Price competitive with lessor alternatives


Cons:

  • Lacks the A7, which apps are increasingly using to do cool stuff
  • Also lacks nicer camera and Touch ID features that cost only a little more on iPhone 5s
  • LTE is everywhere, but HD Voice and FaceTime audio aren't necessarily
  • Perhaps you were looking for a screen larger than 4 inches


Trade in
Those upgrading to iPhone 5c can also check out AppleInsider's breakdown of trade-in offers for previous-generation iPhones. A number of online providers offer cash in return for a used iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S or iPhone 5, making the cost of the new iPhone 5c easier to afford.

Article Source: In-depth review: Apple's iPhone 5c running iOS 7

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Published on October 27 2013

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh ruled yesterday that Apple, Google and several other large tech companies will face a trial over "no solicitation" agreements that prevented the companies from attempting to hire away each others' employees, reports Bloomberg.

Apple, Google and others set to face trial over anti-poaching agreements

According to the original lawsuit filed in 2011, the "no solicitation" agreements dated back to 2005 and were between Apple, Adobe, Google, Intel, Intuit, Lucasfilm, and Pixar. The agreements reportedly prevented recruiters from contacting employees at other companies who were party to the agreement, though employees were free to apply for jobs at other establishments.

The anti-poaching agreements were investigated in 2010 by the Justice Department. The claims were eventually settled, with the companies agreeing not to form no-solicitation agreements for five years.

The current lawsuit is a class-action civil suit representing over 64,000 technical employees who said they were harmed by the anti-competitive actions of the defendant companies. According to SFGate, Judge Koh has scheduled the trial for next May, but it is also possible that it could be delayed by possible appeals from the defendant companies.

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Published on October 25 2013

comScore today released the results of its monthly rolling survey of U.S. mobile phone users for the November-January period, finding that Apple's smartphone marketshare rose 3.5 percentage points between October and January, up to 37.8% of both U.S. smartphone platform and hardware sales.

Samsung was second in hardware makers with 21.4%, up from 19.5% three months earlier. HTC and Motorola both experienced significant drops in market share, while LG gained slightly.

Apple makes gains in U.S. smartphone market share

Google's Android was the largest smartphone platform with 52.3% of smartphone platform share, down from 53.6% three months ago. Android, BlackBerry, Microsoft and Symbian all lost share, to the benefit of Apple. As a result, Apple and Google control more than 87 percent of the smartphone market.

Apple makes gains in U.S. smartphone market share


Notably, comScore's data tracks installed user base rather than new handset sales, making it more reflective of real-world usage but slower to respond to shifting market trends than some other studies.

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Published on October 24 2013

Cumulative channel sales of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S4smartphone have reported reached the 40 million unit mark. Samsung’s mobile boss JK Shin apparently confirmed the impressive feat to Korean-language inews24.com without providing a regional breakdown or stating exactly when the milestone was hit

The South Korean electronics giant first launched the Galaxy S4 in late April, suggesting it took about six months for Samsung to ship its 40 millionth handset.

CNET UK did some quick calculations and the site says it took about 114 days for Galaxy S4 shipments to jump from 20 million units in early July to 40 million. The blog then noted that shipments of Samsung’s previous-generation Galaxy S III flagship phone reached 20 million units in September last year and 40 million units this past January, which is just two weeks shy of the newer Galaxy S4′s pace.

Galaxy S4 shipments shot to 20 million units much quicker than the S III did last year though, reaching the milestone in just over two months while the Galaxy S III took more than 3 months to hit 20 million units. This also means that Samsung’s S4 sales pace is now slowing significantly as we head into the holiday shopping season, however.

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