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WWDC 2015: All About the OS Updates

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As one might expect, the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) dedicates a fair share of time to operating system updates, with most flavors of Apple device getting software tweaks and improvements.

WWDC 2015Well, we say "most" flavors of Apple device-- the Apple TV was notably absent from WWDC, a curious occurrence considering how busy the rumour mill was with speculation involving the STB getting a major update or two.

The iPhone and iPad get iOS 9, a platform upgrade more focused on the "foundations" than the exterior, which remains more or less identical to the previous version. As such, it features boosted privacy features including 2-factor authentication, Siri updates, a Flipboard-style app dubbed News and dedicated "Battery" section in the settings app.

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Xiaomi Dips into European Retail

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Mi StoreChinese smartphone maker Xiaomi makes a first entry in European retail with an online store offering a "beta test sale" of four products consisting of the Mi Band fitness tracker, Mi headphones and two USB power packs.

The company says products will be available in "very limited quantities," and will ship said products to the UK, France and Germany.

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Samsung Confirms Slowing Decline

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SamsungQRevenuesSamsung Electronics has released its unaudited accounts for Q1 2015, and confirmed its continuing decline, but with some signs of a reversal in sight. Notably the next generation Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge did not ship during the quarter, suggesting a recovery is possible in Q2. However China continues to be a challenge for the company, and the overall balance appears to be swinging back towards its OEM businesses.

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Apple and Samsung: War is Over?

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Tensions appear to be cooling down between Apple and Samsung, Bloomberg reports, as the two rivals set aside costly legal battles in favour of collaboration on some of the best-selling mobile products in the world.

Apple SamsungApple and Samsung used to be iPhone manufacturing allies, but Steve Jobs dropped lucrative supply contracts to instead engage in seemingly eternal patent spats, all part of the late CEO's war against Android. However current Apple boss Tim Cook appears to have a softer view of the Korean titan-- in August 2014 the two companies agreed to start burying the legal war hatchet (by "drop[ping] all litigation between the two companies outside the United States”), and now Samsung is reportedly back in the iPhone component game.

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Apple Beats Q2 Expectations

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Apple's Q2 2015 might not reach the world record of the previous quarter, but it still has another record for the iPhone maker-- net quarterly profit of $13.6 billion on $58bn revenue, with gross margin of 40.8%.

Apple storeIn other words, Apple still manage to outdo all expectations, particularly as international sales continue driving results by accounting for 69% of revenues. For the record, Wall Street was expecting revenues reaching around $56.06bn, while Apple itself was hoping for revenues between $52 and $55bn.

“We are thrilled by the continued strength of iPhone, Mac and the App Store, which drove our best March quarter results ever,” CEO Tim Cook says. “We’re seeing a higher rate of people switching to iPhone than we’ve experienced in previous cycles, and we’re off to an exciting start to the June quarter with the launch of Apple Watch.”

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