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Apple Acquires Cue, Another Personal Assistant, As the Buy Out Frenzy Continues

applelogo.pngOver the week, we heard that social and personal assistant Cue (formerly known as Greplin) was shutting down. The reason for that is now apparent with Apple confirming they have acquired the company to bolster its own personal service efforts. 

Box Refreshes iOS App, Adds Metadata File Access

Box Refreshes iOS App, Adds Metadata File AccessOnline file storage company Box announced it has fully integrated its Folders and CrocoDoc acquisitions from earlier in 2013, and has now updated its iOS app and added metadata access to stored files.

IDC: Smartphones Ship A Billion Units, Microsoft to See Maker Interest Decline

IDC: Smartphones Ship A Billion Units,  Microsoft to See Maker Interest Decline

Mobile phones of all kinds are rebounding, with strong growth in 2013 and with smartphone shipments exceeding one billion units for the first time in a single year. Windows Phone is solidifying its third-place position among mobile operating systems, even as non-Microsoft handset makers will likely become less interested. Those are key takeaways in the new mobile phone market forecast from industry research firm IDC. 

Apple Confirms iPhone 5S September 10 Reveal, As Android Goes KitKat Flavored

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Remember Apple doubling down on secrecy, that really worked well didn't it, so let's all pretend that the September 10 iPhone and iOS 7 launch date is a shock. What is rather more surprising is Google's choice of flavor for the next Android version.

Apple Ramps Up Support Levels, Expecting Many iOS 7 AppleCare Queries

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Even in the relatively straightforward world of iOS, things do go wrong, especially when upgrading iOS versions. So it comes as little surprise that Apple is pushing its frontline AppleCare support to be ready for the millions of new iPhone 5S users and updated OS launch. 

 

New Parallels for iPad Increases the Cost of Doing Business on the Go

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Parallels has canned its existing solutions for the iPad, in favor of a new, app-ified experience, but with a more expensive subscription plan. Will improved speed and flexibility outweigh the added cost? 

Google Updates Gmail for iOS With Improved App Integration

 gmail_app_logo_ios.jpgGoogle seems to finally be getting up to speed with its iOS email app, with each update since the 2.00 relaunch adding valuable features. The latest 2.40 tweak adds direct links to other Google apps, and improves the attachments experience. 

Mobile Roundup, Apple iPhone Trade-Ins, Samsung Galaxy Gear and Note III Event Confirmed

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Apple is trying to make it easier to upgrade to the new iPhone with trade-in deals likely though Apple Stores while Samsung's new smartwatch is ticking down for a major launch event. 

Yammer Opens Up to iOS + Windows Phone 8 Mobile App Developers

Yammer Opens Up to iOS + Windows Phone 8 Mobile App DevelopersMicrosoft has finally opened up Yammer for third party mobile app development, and it's released SDKs for both iOS and Windows Phone at launch.

Lack of a New iPad Dents Apple's Tablet Market Share in New IDC Figures

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The latest sales figures out of IDC show Android tablets leaving Apple in the dust, as the plethora of new Samsung, Nexus, Kindle Fire and other devices march onward. Apple is stuck waiting for that possible retina-class Mini and an iPad 5, running iOS 7 to be the big drivers later in the year. 

US Android Sales Top iOS in 2013 Q2

US Android Sales Top iOS in 2013 Q2Andoid based smartphones were once again best sellers among the major operating systems during the second quarter in 2013, and posted a 51.5% sales share in the US compared to 42.5% for iOS.

Chromecast Gives Google A Second Chance at Web TV Domination

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Somewhere between a WiFi TV antenna and a smartphone/tablet extender, Google's new Chromecast dongle aims to provide a Web link to non-smart enabled sets and an easy link for Android devices to share content across screens. 

Apple Makes Almost $7 Billion Despite Continued Decline In Profits

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As predicted, Apple's profits continue to weaken, as buyers go for the less expensive option of the iPhone 4 or 4S over the latest iPhone 5. Still with nearly $7 billion in quarterly profit, it can afford to wait to roll out new product lines, despite the latest year-over-year decline. 

Salesforce Chatter Mobile App Adds Customer Record Editing

Salesforce Chatter Mobile App Adds Customer Record EditingAllowing workers to take their business tools along with them when they leave the office has long been the goal of many enterprise apps, and Salesforce has added a customer record editing feature to its Chatter app that surges ahead on this point.

Apple Reported to Buy HopStop for Even More Maps Data

Apple Reported to Buy HopStop for Even More Maps Data

Apple is getting closer to a mobile overhaul with the upcoming release of iOS 7, and it now looks as if the company has gone out and bought mapping app HopStop.

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