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iOS 7 whiteout: Will the future be bleached?

Last year, after Twitterrific 5 launched, I loved the pure, Vader black look so much I changed my wallpaper to get the full-on blackout look. Then, in June of this year, Apple showed off iOS 7 and it was, for the most part, whiter than Storm Trooper white. Now, Twitterrific 5 has updated with a new, iOS 7-friendlier design, and just looking at it in black suddenly felt... heavy.

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Analyzing - and sorting - purported iPhone 5S and less expensive iPhone parts

So far we've seen several purported part leaks for both the iPhone 5s - or whatever Apple calls the 2013 generation iPhone - and the heavily rumored less expensive iPhone model. Riki Baker over at mendmyi managed to get his hands on one of the supposed "budget" iPhone housings and found that certain components previously assumed to be for the iPhone 5s might actually belong to a "budget" iPhone instead. Here's why:

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Take the Talk Mobile Platforms survey for a chance to win a $100 Best Buy Gift Card!

If there's one thing that really gets our engines revving, it's numbers and quantifiable data. We might be nerds. As with the previous weeks of Talk Mobile, we're rounding out the week with a survey to compile that data we so love. Week four was all about platforms - not what makes Android better than iOS or BlackBerry 10 better than Windows Phone - no, it's about how we can make them all better and what the platform of the future is going to look like.

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iPhone sales up 50% in the UK, because it's never been more affordable to buy one

During yesterdays Q3 2013 earnings conference call, Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed that the sales of iPhone were up 50% on the same quarter in 2012 for the UK. Whichever way you look at it that's an impressive number. Granted, a year ago folks may have been holding off for the then traditional summer new release, but I don't think that's all there is to it. With three models of iPhone to choose from here, all of which are available with carrier subsidies, it's never been more affordable to get onto an iPhone.

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It's a lull in the product cycle and we know it, but Apple's doing fine

The results of fiscal Q3 are in, and Apple stock is actually up almost 4% in after hours trading. All this really tells us, of course, is that Wall Street is reasonably happy with the news. The Street expected an overall worse combination of Q3 results and Q4 guidance. So what does it all mean?

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Mac sales slip in latest Apple quarterly results - what's it mean?

Apple reported its third fiscal quarter earnings for its FY2013 today, and the Mac sales numbers aren't great: Year over year the number of Macs sold dropped 7 percent, from 4.02 million to 3.75 million. What's this mean for Apple and for the future of the Mac?

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iOS in the Car and how Apple could get past licensing and own every screen in the future

During the Q3 2013 financial results call call today, Apple's CEO, Tim Cook, was asked about the upcoming iOS 7 feature, iOS in the Car and what it meant for Apple. Cook replied that it was "very important". That iOS in the Car would be part of the Apple ecosystem like the App Store and iTunes, like iMessage and Siri. Cook said it was something people wanted, and that Apple could provide it in a unique way, and in a better way than anyone else. He called it a "key focus". But it might just be more than that. Much more.

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Why the iPad continues to succeed where the Surface RT did not

Last week during their earnings report, Microsoft reported a $900 million write-down in relation to unsold Surface RT inventory. It's just over a year since the Surface RT launched, and yet despite continual efforts from Microsoft, including iPad baiting commercials, things don't seem to be going so well.

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Craigslist horror stories: What not to do when buying, selling, or trading used iPhones

Thanks to a variety of factors, including good build quality, excellent support, and reliable update cycle, there's a healthy market for used iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches. And while there are a number of ways to buy or sell and old iOS device, including through speciality resellers, Craigslist is one of the ways that comes up again and again, but with as many horror stories as success stories. So what goes wrong, and how can you avoid the hassles?

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iTunes want: Send apps from the desktop store straight to a specific iOS device

There's a feature I would love to have from iTunes over and above everything else: the ability to send apps I buy on the desktop straight to a specific iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. What iTunes offers right now, automatic all-or-nothing downloads controlled on the device and not selectable via the desktop, doesn't suit me very well. Here's the difference:

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