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Before “Slide to Unlock”, iPhone was planned as ‘always on’ device

Apple vs. Samsung may be a dull affair in the big picture sense, but when you start digging in to the evidence offered up at court, some tasty tidbits start to surface. On Friday, Greg Christie – the head of Apple’s human interface team – took the stand and revealed the companies original plan to have the iPhone as an ‘always on’ device. They wanted…

iPhone 5s, HTC One (M8) and Samsung Galaxy S5 get the drop test treatment

With the recent reveal of the HTC One (M8) and the announcement and impending launch of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S5, it was a only matter of time until they were given the drop test treatment alongside Apple’s iPhone 5s. So, armed with the three best phones on the market, TechSmartt took to the streets to put the devices through their paces as glass…

New video compares Samsung Galaxy S5′s fingerprint scanner to Touch ID

While Samsung’s latest flagship phone, the Galaxy S5, hasn’t officially launched yet, a new video has emerged comparing the device’s fingerprint scanner to Touch ID in the iPhone 5s. After the Samsung announcement, many were quick to call Samsung out for copying Apple’s implementation of biometric security (essentially embedding a fingerprint reader…

Istanbul Apple Store shown off in all its glory in new photos

Apple’s first retail store in Turkey is set to open on April 5th and the wraps have been taken off the design to reveal some absolutely beautiful architectural design (as we have come to expect from Apple Stores). As you can see from the image above, the store includes a huge glass box made from just 4 huge panes of glass, not too dissimilar in…

Apple purchases yet another voice recognition company; improved Siri version to come

Siri is a gem – really is! And it’s apparently set to get a lot stronger and more worthy, following Apple’s secretive purchase of yet another voice recognition company – Novauris. The company was founded in 2002 and comes from Dragon Systems, a perhaps better-known company. It’s one of the pioneering forefathers of the modern voice recognition technology…

Build your own WWDC Countdown app for iPhone [Code Tutorial]

WWDC dates have been announced, and you’ve seen some opinions on what may be shown there. What about a countdown? Every time Apple announces a new event date, I fire up Xcode, open my ol’ stock Countdown project code, and drop in some new images as well as the updated date and put it on my phone. I love keeping a little countdown on how long until Apple’s…

iPhone 5s vs. HTC One M8 – Speed Test

Last of our three comparisons before the full head-to-head is the speed test. We’re not interested in misleading Geekbench scores, or any geekiness like that. We wanted to see how each phone’s performance was in real life. That means loading up different apps, and testing the internet speeds. What made a surprising difference was the 802.11ac technology…

What I want to see at WWDC 2014

Apple today announced its Worldwide Developers Conference for 2014. As has become tradition, WWDC 2014 will be held at Moscone West in San Francisco and will give developers attending, and the world watching, an insight into the future of Apple’s mobile and desktop software and possibly some new hardware to get excited about.  I thought I’d put…

Auxo 2 Returns for iOS 7 and is Better than Ever [Review]

When the first Auxo came out last year, it reimagined what the app switcher can and should be. iOS 7 introduced a completely new app switcher, so it was back to square one for the Auxo team. They’ve built on the new app switcher and Control Center to create the ultimate switcher in the form of Auxo 2. The tweak merges the two into one beautiful, and…