Apple is taking Google down, one iOS at a time

By: Marawan Alwaraki, June 29, 2016
According to The New York Times, it is estimated that 75% of the $11.8 billion Google made from mobile search ads came from iOS users. That's a huge chunk of Google's revenue coming directly from phones with an Apple logo at the back.

Since iOS and Android are two direct competitors that never got along too well, Apple won't just let Google make that much money from its own devices. You may recall Steve Jobs saying:
"I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple's $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong. I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this."
Let's take a look at how Apple is trying to eliminate Google search from iOS.
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Adjust focus after taking the picture with Live Focus

By: Marawan Alwaraki, June 13, 2016
The iPhone 7 Plus is rumoured to feature a dual-lens camera. While we don't exactly know the reason for it, some people speculate that it may be used to take a photo at different focus levels, then allow the user to edit the focus of the photo after taking it.

If you can't wait till the release of the iPhone 7 Plus in September for this functionality then you may want to check out Live Focus. Live Focus is an app that allows you to take a picture then adjust the focus later on.

It works by taking the picture at a variety of focal points, then allowing you to use a slider to adjust focus level.

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The App Store will soon start displaying ads

By: Marawan Alwaraki, June 9, 2016
Don't freak out. Ok, maybe freak out a little bit. The App Store is about to get ads in the search results. It sounds worse than it is though.

Phil Schiller, Apple’s Worldwide Marketing SVP, was given the responsibility of overlooking all App Store leadership 6 months ago. He announced a few changes recently, including Search Ads. Search Ads, as the name suggests, will allow developers to advertise their apps at the top of the App Store's search results.

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Google's Project Ara may truly change smartphones

By: Marawan Alwaraki, May 25, 2016
Remember when you used to only use your phone to call people and maybe send a few texts? Back in the day when a phone was just a phone, when you spent a few minutes changing your ringtone or playing Bounce. Then Steve Jobs announced the iPhone and changed the way we see phones.

Since then, phones have been incrementally improving. When you compare the iPhone 6S to the original iPhone you'll notice a lot of changes in performance, camera and display as well as new additions like Touch ID and 3D Touch. However, our perception of a phone is still very similar. It's a device you buy once every couple of years or so, and use it to scroll through Instagram for hours. After about two years you'd notice that people's pictures are looking better than yours, or your friend has a louder phone, and you'll decide it's time to upgrade.

Google is changing that soon with its Project Ara.
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Apple Pay is more secure than your bank card

By: Marawan Alwaraki, April 20, 2016
It seems like a lot of people aren't using Apple Pay (or other mobile payment services) because of security concerns. Below I outline the main security problems with bank cards, followed by reasons why Apple Pay is a lot more secure.

Side note: I only talk about Apple Pay in this post because it's the only mobile payment service I know enough about. Most of the security features in Apple Pay are also present in Android Pay, and the two work very similarly, but I just don't know enough about Android Pay to reach any conclusions regarding it. Also all my information about Apple Pay came directly from Apple's support website.

Now let's get right to it.
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Hey Siri, it's time for iPhone to open up!

By: Marawan Alwaraki, April 14, 2016


Siri has been around for almost five years now. She started as a personal assistant that can tell you if you need an umbrella, now she's.. well, a personal assistant that can tell you if you need an umbrella.

Ok, that was mean. Surely Siri does get better with every major iOS update. She (or now even he) can speak multiple languages, control your house with HomeKit and do a whole lot more than she could five years ago. There is however one problem with Siri which lead me to sharing this post. It's a problem that strongly reflects Apple's closed ecosystem, a problem that Google Now does not suffer from: lack of third party app integration.

Here's a simple example:
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Counter Argument: The iPhone SE is garbage (sort of)

By: Kumail Hussain, March 31, 2016

Hello Apple this is 2012 speaking and we want our design back. Now, I'm not going to be giving you some backstory about the iPhone SE because that's boring. I'm here to tell you why some other company, besides Apple, deserves your money.

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Why the iPhone SE makes perfect sense (almost)

By: Marawan Alwaraki, March 28, 2016

Apple announced the iPhone SE on the 21st of March. Most people's initial reaction was: what the hell? It was weird and confusing seeing Apple release a phone that looks identical to the iPhone 5, a phone that's almost 4 years old. In a time where people are critical of Apple's innovation, this seems like the best thing to do to make everything worse.

After giving it some thought, I realised that perhaps the iPhone SE is one of the best things to do to make everything better. Here's why:
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Infographic- How People Use Smartphones

By: Marawan Alwaraki, February 17, 2016
Smartphone usage has been constantly changing over the past few years. As more people have access to faster internet on their phones, the usage of the devices improve. Below is an infographic titled "How people use smartphones" that you may find interesting.

I was mostly interested with the mobile habits section. Did you know that the average American spends twice as much time on their smartphone in comparison to time spent eating?
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How to get Netflix for roughly half the price

By: Marawan Alwaraki, February 8, 2016
After a sudden expansion, Netflix is now available in almost every country. Chances are you already have a Netflix subscription or you're considering one. If you already have a Netflix subscription then you'll need to make a new account in order to take advantage of this half-price workaround.

Not many people are aware that Netflix charges different prices in different countries. I've done some googling and it seems that Netflix in Colombia is cheaper than anywhere else in the world.

In the UK, a basic Netflix plan will cost you £6 a month, while the premium costs £9 a month. In contrast, the basic plan in Colombia costs the equivalent of £3.5 while the premium costs only £6. So you could be getting premium for the same price as a basic plan if you follow this trick.

Here's what you need to do.
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