Xiaomi smartphone users in China are more engaged than iPhone users

Xiaomi smartphone users in China are more engaged than iPhone users

While it is widely perceived that Apple is a worldwide leader in software and customer engagement, sometimes referred to as the “Apple Magic,” the latest numbers from mobile metrics firm Flurry reveal that Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has been stealing some of its thunder. Read ahead to see just how well the “Apple of China” is doing.

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Your next iPhone will not be made entirely by a robot

Your next iPhone will not be made entirely by a robot

Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn recently went on a hiring spree, recruiting a record-breaking 100,000 employees from mainland China to assist with production of the iPhone 6. Then, a few days ago, it was reported that the iPhone maker was adding 10,000 robots to its assembly line to help automate the process. But if you think robots are going to be replacing humans, that does not appear to be the case. 

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Students film Earth from space thanks to an iPhone attached to a balloon

Students film Earth from space thanks to an iPhone attached to a balloon

The iPhone arguably has one of the best cameras in a smartphone, so any time someone can put it to good use sounds like a great idea. Even if that includes filming the Earth from a balloon.

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Apple cuts iPhone trade-in price to $225

Apple cuts iPhone trade-in price to $225

Last year, Apple launched its iPhone “Reuse and Recycling” program, which allows customers to trade-in their old iPhones in exchange for store credit that can be used to upgrade to a new iPhone.

Apple has just made it even more unattractive for customers to trade-in their iPhone with them.

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Apple’s iPhone trade-in program launches in Italy, to launch in Australia soon

Apple’s iPhone trade-in program launches in Italy, to launch in Australia soon

Apple launched its “Reuse and Recycle” program last August that allows customers to trade-in their old iPhone in exchange for a gift card that could be used towards the purchase of a new iPhone.

Apple launched the iPhone trade-in program initially in the U.S, and has expanded the program to UK, Canada, France and Germany.

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Survey shows demand for a larger-screen iPhone 6 strong in months leading up to launch

Survey shows demand for a larger-screen iPhone 6 strong in months leading up to launch

A new survey conducted by RBC Capital Markets shows that demand for Apple’s larger-screen iPhone 6 is as strong as ever. The survey, which covered 4,000 people intending to purchase a new phone in the next 3 months, shows that nearly 50% intend on purchasing an iPhone. But even more interesting is that around 25% of would be willing to pay $100 more for a larger screen.

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Google’s Skybox can predict the next iPhone launch using satellite imagery

Google’s Skybox can predict the next iPhone launch using satellite imagery

Skybox Imaging, an intelligence company that focuses on bringing the power of satellite imagery to other businesses, was recently acquired by Google. But a new profiling of the company done by The Wall Street Journal reveals some very interesting information that will no doubt change how we look at things related to privacy and mapping.

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New iPhone-connected ‘Vessyl’ smart cup from Yves Behar tracks your drinking habits

New iPhone-connected ‘Vessyl’ smart cup from Yves Behar tracks your drinking habits

Vessyl is a new smart cup from Yves Behar, which lets you measure a variety of data points about drinks being poured into it in real time. The device can detect a wide variety of drink types, including water, juices, soda, and more. But what makes this cup special is that it can measure things like calorie levels using a variety of sensors and send that information to your iPhone.

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Starbucks bringing Powermat wireless phone chargers nationwide

Starbucks bringing Powermat wireless phone chargers nationwide

You’ll soon be able to charge your iPhone at a Starbucks location near you, if you happen to live in a larger city in the United States. The coffee company announced on Thursday that it will be bringing Powermat wireless phone chargers to Starbucks locations nationwide, starting with the San Francisco Bay area this year. The rollout will initially focus on the West Coast, and expand to major metropolitan areas across the United States through 2015. 

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Synaptics buys iPhone display chipmaker Renesas for $475 million

Synaptics buys iPhone display chipmaker Renesas for $475 million

Synaptics, a maker of touchscreen chips, announced that it is buying the sole supplier of display chips for the iPhone at the price of $475 million, leading the company’s stock to jump 19% in extended trading. The company also announced that it is raising its revenue forecast for the fourth quarter — which is set to end on June 30th.

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