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How Many Times A Day Do You Check Your Phone? Checky Will Tell You. By Clip Syndicate In today’s hyper-connected world, meditation and relaxation-focused resource Calm gives you a much-needed mental break during the day, and can help you quiet the spinning wheels in your head when it’s time to sleep at night. Now the company is rolling out a second application called Checky, designed more to make you aware of how often you’re using your smartphone. This very basic app simply shows you how many times per day you’ve checked your phone, and maps out where that usage occurred.

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First Wave Of “Affordable” Android One Phones Breaks Cover In India By Clip Syndicate Google has announced the first Android One devices — which are targeting the Indian market, starting at $105. It added that the Android One program will be expanded to Indonesia, the Philippines and South Asia by the end of the year, with more countries to follow in 2015. Android’s global reach is already staggering but Google clearly isn’t content with owning the vast majority of smartphone marketshare. With mobile maker Nokia out of the frame, now it’s been consumed by Microsoft, Google has evidently spotted a new not-so-niche market for Android to own — assuming it can persuade basic mobile phone buyers to opt for a smartphone instead.

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LVMH's TAG Heuer Has Plans For Smartwatch: Paper By Clip Syndicate French luxury group LVMH's watch brand TAG Heuer has plans to launch its own smartwatch, the head of its watch business told a Swiss newspaper. "We want to launch a smartwatch at TAG Heuer, but it must not copy the Apple Watch," Jean-Claude Biver told Sunday newspaper NZZ am Sonntag. Switzerland's watch industry is facing competition from smartwatches that allow its wearers to make calls, receive messages or monitor their fitness by connecting to their smartphone. Biver said "We cannot afford to just follow in somebody else's footsteps," adding the Swiss watch industry would present smartwatches at the latest at the Basel watch fair next spring. He did not give further details on the planned smartwatch.

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Cashing In Your Phone By Clip Syndicate Upgrading your cell phone? Tech guru PC Mike Wendland offers tips for cashing in on your old one. ...Read More »
Show Me the Money: The Latest Business Technology Trends By By Jaimy Ford for America's Backbone Weekly 4 ways to increase cash flow and efficiency using technology. ...Read More »
China's IPhone Delay Gives Smugglers Reason To Cheer By Clip Syndicate The likely delayed launch of Apple Inc's new iPhone 6 in China, the world's biggest smartphone market, sparked a race to pre-order the phone in Hong Kong on Friday. Pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sold out within two hours on Apple's Hong Kong website - and many of those devices will be smuggled across the border into mainland China, where they could change hands for as much as four times the Hong Kong price.

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Hello, Apple Pay, Good-bye Credit Cards? All Bets Are Off By Clip Syndicate Apple wants to replace plastic credit cards with the Apple Pay mobile wallet and the new iPhone 6. It's not the first to attempt such a feat. The new Apple Pay service is not much different from other mobile wallets already on the market, but it's likely to have a better chance than any other solution of getting people to use smartphones to pay for things.

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Samsung Comes Back Swinging After Apple's Big Day By Clip Syndicate Samsung has refrained from attacking Apple in its recent ads, but the brand has abandoned that approach with a slew of new videos that eviscerate the lineup of new products Apple unveiled on Tuesday. Though Apple may seem the dominant brand, according to the IDC, Samsung's global market share in the smartphone category was 32.3% in the second quarter compared to 13% for Apple. Apple grew 12.4% year over year compared to a 3.9% drop for Samsung.

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BlackBerry May Be Working On A Smartwatch Of Its Own By Clip Syndicate Apple , Motorola and Samsung aren't the only companies with their sights set on wearables. According to CEO John Chen, BlackBerry , the smartphone maker that always seems to be just a little late to the party, may also be close to stepping into the world of wearable tech. Chen told reporters at the Super Mobility Conference in Las Vegas that the Waterloo-based company is currently researching wearable platforms, including smartwatches and smart glasses. ...Read More »
BlackBerry Buys Movirtu In Bid To Woo More Corporate Customers By Clip Syndicate BlackBerry said on Thursday it has acquired Movirtu, a provider of virtual identity solutions, as part of its move to continue building out its portfolio of value-added services that cater to the needs of its core base of corporate and government clients. Waterloo, Ontario-based BlackBerry said Movirtu's virtual SIM technology allows an individual to have both a personal and business number on a single mobile device, with separate billing for voice, data and messaging usage on each number. This allows employees to switch between work and personal profiles easily without carrying multiple devices or SIM cards. BlackBerry said the acquisition of Movirtu complements its Secure Work Space, BlackBerry Balance and other offerings, which give many employees the freedom and privacy they want for their personal use while delivering the security and management needed for business use of smartphone devices.

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