Apple iOS 8 Adoption Hits 46 Percent

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Apple released the latest version of their mobile OS, Apple iOS 8 last Wednesday, and we previously heard that iOS 8 adoption was at around 20 percent.

Now Apple has released some official figures on Apple iOS 8 adoption on their App Store Distribution page, and iOS 8 adoption is now at 46 percent.

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Stephen King’s 11/22/63 coming to Hulu

jfkHulu really wants you to subscribe to their service. Just in case you have not yet done so, the company has a new hook that may get you to join up. Hulu is announcing a new series based on the book 11/22/63 by Stephen King. So King fans will want to sign up and not miss it.

The show centers around the JFK assassination and will take a look at what may have been if President Kennedy had not been shot that day. It was a pivotal turning point in American history. In fact many say that it has been all downhill ever since. The JFK assassination still captures the imagination of many people. Perhaps largely due to all of the unanswered questions and conspiracy theories. In the book, a time traveller tries to alter the course of history by changing the events that happened that morning.

King and JJ Abrams are on board as producers and that is really all we know at this time. Hulu didn’t give a date for when the series will show up on their service, but it will be exclusive to Hulu. So if you want to see it, you better subscribe to the service.

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Is Netflix phasing out DVDs?

netflixdvdAs long as Netflix has been around, there have been rumors and speculation that it would drop its DVD shipping business in favor of streaming only. Over the years there have been several things that have pointed toward an end to that aspect of the service. Like the recent unusually long wait times subscribers are seeing for many DVDs right now.

The Consumerist reported on Netflix subscribers who are facing “very long wait” times for a variety of DVDs. Some are classics and others are pretty obscure low-demand films. Still others are things like Noah, The Sandlot, Letters from Iwo Jima, and certain discs of TV show seasons. So, it runs across the board.
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New Apple TV To Come With HomeKit Support

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Apple are expected to launch a new Apple TV some time before the end of the year, the device could possibly be announced at Apple’s iPad event next month.

The new Apple TV is expected to come with some major new features, and now it looks like one of them will be support for Apple’s new home automation software which is called HomeKit.

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Skype For iOS 8 Brings New Features

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Microsoft has released a new version of Skype, the latest version is designed to bring a range of new features that will work with Apple’s iOS 8.

The latest version of Skype for iOS is compatible with iOS 7.0 and above, although the app is designed to brign some new features to iOS 8, you can see a list of the updates included in the app below.

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THAW Uses Physical Contact between Smartphone and PC for Data Transfer

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Often transferring data between a smartphone and a PC requires cables or apps that are available for both devices. Researchers at MIT have developed a new method of transferring data between smartphones and PCs called THAW. THAW is a system that establishes connectivity between smartphone and a PC using physical contact with the screen.

The smartphone becomes a folder for dragging and dropping files when it touches the screen of a computer. Even cooler than begin able to use physical contact to share files is the ability to use the smartphone as a game controller via contact. THAW allows the smartphone to become a container of sorts for game content. You could for instance pick up a character using the smartphone and deposit it on the other side of an obstacle in the game using the phone as a container.

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Microsoft Lumia 735 Selfie Smartphone Up For Pre-order

Microsoft Lumia 735

As well as the Lumia 830, Microsoft announced another new Windows Phone handset at IFA, the Microsoft Lumia 735, which the company described as a Selfie smartphone.

The unlocked version of the Microsoft Lumia 735 smartphone is now available to pre-order in the UK, the handset is available for £224.98 SIM free including taxes.

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EE Buys 58 Phones 4U Stores In The UK

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Last week it was announced that UK mobile retailer Phones 4U would go into administration, and that 5,600 of the companies staff were going to lose their jobs.

The company went out of business because both Vodafone and EE decided to cancel their contract with the company, which meant that they no longer had any mobile phones or contracts to offer to customers.

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iPhone 6 vs Sony Xperia Z3 Compact (Video)

iPhone 6 vs Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

We have seen various videos featuring the new iPhone 6, and now we have one comparing the iPhone 6 vs Sony Xperia Z3 compact.

Both handsets feature similar display sizes, the iPhone 6 features a 4.7 inch display with a resolution of 1134 x 750 pixels, and the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact comes with a 4.6 inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

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Cortana will now define words

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Cortana is Microsoft’s virtual private assistant exclusive to the Windows Phone platform, although the rumor is that Cortana will be coming to Windows 9 soon as well. In the past, the company has said that Cortana will be updated twice a month, so they are certainly serious about improving the feature set. That is good news if Microsoft Cortana is to compete with Siri.

The latest feature is a good one. Cortana now has the ability to define words.
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