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App of the Week: Carousel takes Dropbox photos for a spin

Dropbox is one of the leading providers of consumer cloud storage, but the company’s bread and butter has been offering users a folder on their computer that syncs to the cloud. Dropbox’s service has branched out to allow app data syncing and automated camera uploads, but Dropbox’s core interface hasn’t gotten much better. Working through… Read More

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Apple lands patent for bayonet-mounted iPhone lenses, similar to Seattle startup’s approach

Want to attach a 100mm lens to an iPhone? A new Apple patent suggests that official detachable lenses may be coming soon. The Cupertino-based company has won a patent that governs “Bayonet attachment mechanisms” for connecting an external lens to a smartphone. Most modern cameras with interchangeable lenses use bayonet mounts, which use a pair of… Read More

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iTunes bug delays new tipping app from Starbucks

Coffee drinkers will have at least a few more hours before they can start tipping their Starbucks barista from their iPhone. Seattle’s mega coffee chain promised the new app would go live in iTunes on Wednesday, but more than 24 hours later, the release has yet to arrive. Update: At around 10:45 a.m., some people started noticing… Read More

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Amazon launches mobile app for sellers

While Amazon has let people shop for goods on their mobile phones and tablets for some time, its tools for people who sell items through the site have lagged behind. Some third-party developers have offered Amazon sellers a way to use their mobile devices, like SellerMobile, but none of them have carried the Seattle-based retailer’s… Read More

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Later, dudes: Apple’s unit sales leave PCs in the rear-view mirror, for now

As Steve Jobs liked to say, “Boom.” Total unit sales of Apple products surpassed unit sales of computers running Windows last quarter, according to Andreesen Horowitz analyst Benedict Evans. Using numbers from Apple, Gartner and Andreesen Horowitz, Evans said the two companies were close to parity on device sales when counting Windows Phone units, though… Read More

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Facebook unveils new ‘Paper’ app, not to be confused with FiftyThree’s ‘Paper’ app

Ah, the wonderful world of technology product naming. Facebook this morning unveiled an immersive news-reading app called “Paper” that is, in many ways, an alternative user interface for Facebook itself. The first section in the app will be the user’s own Facebook news feed, followed by themed sections with content on a variety of topics. Users… Read More

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Samsung pulls further ahead of Apple as smartphone shipments top 1 billion worldwide

Smartphone makers sold 1 billion handsets worldwide last year, according to a report by IDC this morning. And nobody has more reason to be happy than Samsung. The South Korean electronics company sold 313.9 million smartphones last year, up 42.9 percent over 2012. Last quarter, the company sold 82 million smartphones, continuing to widen its overall… Read More

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Apple CEO cites carrier changes, iPhone 5S inventory as reasons for U.S. smartphone share decline

Apple CEO Tim Cook is not worried about Apple’s market share. “As I’ve said before, our objective has always been to make the best, not the most,” said Cook on Monday’s earnings call. “And we feel we’re doing that.” That said, it’s not all sunshine and roses. Cook did admit that the company’s iPhone business… Read More

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Zipwhip makes iPhone cloud text breakthrough with AT&T

LAS VEGAS — Cloud text messaging company Zipwhip has reached an arrangement with AT&T to capture user text messages coming in at the network level, not just at the device, setting the stage for Seattle startup to open its service to iPhone users for the first time, effectively working around Apple’s restrictions on iOS. The… Read More