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iOS 9 might finally give real multitasking abilities to the iPad

Google has owned multitasking on Android for quite a while now, but it looks like Apple might play catch up when it releases iOS 9 in the near future. iOS 9 might usher in proper multitasking to the iPad, allowing two apps to be open at once, side-by-side, according to sources close to 9to5Mac.

 

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iOS 9 will reportedly offer 1/2, 1/3 and 2/3 views depending on the app being used, with the option of running two separate applications at once, or multi views of the same apps. Split-screen app support was planned for iOS 8, but Apple said the feature wasn't ready and pushed it back to iOS 8.1, where history repeated itself, and Apple pushed the feature back to iOS 9.

 

With Apple reportedly preparing a larger 12.9-inch iPad Pro, it could be perfect timing to see true multitasking come to the iPad with iOS 9.

iPhone 6S leaked photos tease dual rear-facing cameras

Apple is set to unveil its next generation iPhone later this year, with images of the purported iPhone 6S popping up... with dual rear-facing cameras. We've previously heard that the new iPhone would feature a "DSLR-like" rear-facing camera, but this is an interesting beast.

 

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The images turned up at 9to5Mac, so this isn't just any leak. We've heard rumors of dual rear-facing cameras on the new iPhone before, so that's not new. But, with no major redesign planned for the new iPhone 6S, Apple will need to do as much as it can inside of the phone, while adding an additional rear-facing camera isn't that much work for the company.

 

The bigger question remains: what will Apple do with the dual rear-facing cameras on the iPhone 6S? This is of course just a rumor for now, but what would Apple do with those cameras? What do you want to see happen?

OnePlus Two benchmarks tease 8-core processor, 3GB of RAM

It looks like we're being introduced to the successor of the OnePlus One, with the OnePlus Two showing up on Geekbench. The smartphone should rock an 8-core processor clocked at 1.55GHz, with 3GB of RAM.

 

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The model number of the OnePlus Two smartphone is OnePlus One A2001, where we should see OnePlus using Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 processor. The 3GB of RAM is no change over the OnePlus One, so it'll be interesting to see what else OnePlus will do to surprise us. The OnePlus Two will have a "military grade" fingerprint sensor that will beat what Apple has used on its latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

 

We are expecting OnePlus to unveil the OnePlus Two smartphone later this month.

AT&T survey: Increase in frightening behind-the-wheel actions

It's no secret to hear that many drivers behind the wheel are texting, but a recent survey from AT&T found a number of other dangerous behaviors. Overall, 7-in-10 people admit to using their smartphone while driving, with emailing and texting not surprisingly the most common activities - but some of the other activities are downright frightening.

 

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Almost 1-in-10 drivers on their phones are using video chat, with 3-in-10 browsing the Internet, and 4-in-10 using social media. More than 25 percent of survey respondents admit to using Facebook behind the wheel, with 1-in-7 saying they are using Twitter.

 

"When we launched It Can Wait five years ago, we pleaded with people to realize that no text is worth a life," said Lori Lee, global marketing officer at AT&T. "The same applies to other smartphone activities that people are doing while driving. For the sake of you and those around you, please keep your eyes on the road, not on your phone."

ASUS pushes the ZenFone 2 to the American and Canadian markets

After announcing its ZenFone 2 recently to much acclaim, ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih has told users in the United States and Canada to expect this product in their hands soon.

 

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Taking place at an event in Manhattan, the event was all about showing off the ZenFone 2 and new ZenBook alongside artistic and acrobatic dance performances to help drive home ASUS' flair for this smartphone.

 

This new flagship phone comes packed with a 13MP camera, dual-SIM capabilities and will be offered to the United States public contract-free. Confident in its design, Shih stated that his new product is the "striking the perfect balance of beauty, functionality, and performance" adding that the "ZenFone 2 embodies every aspect of the ASUS In Search of Incredible brand spirit to provide an unparalleled experience to users."

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Study: Want students to learn better? Get rid of the smartphones

Most students are not allowed - or, well, not supposed to - use their smartphones in school, as they can cause significant distractions. It turns out, removing smartphones in schools helps add the equivalent of up to one class room week of studying time each school year, according to a study from Louis-Philippe Beland and Richard Murphy.

 

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Their research was published by the London School of Economics' Centre for Economic Performance, and reported 16-year-old students performed 6.41 percent better when smartphones are banned. The study took a look at four cities in the UK and is the latest fuel on the fire for school administrators - trying to find ways to keep mobile phone usage under control.

 

"We found that not only did student achievement improve, but also that low-achieving and low-income students gained the most," according to researchers. "We found the impact of banning phones for these students was equivalent to an additional hour a week in school, or to increasing the school year by five days."

Xiaomi laying down ground work to begin US, European invasion

Chinese electronics company Xiaomi has seen great success in China, Brazil, India, and other emerging markets - but wants to try its hand at taking over the United States and Europe.

 

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The company has launched an online trial to its Mi Store, with a small number of accessories, wearables and headphones available to Western shoppers. Analysts believe this is the first step for Xiaomi to prepare its smartphones and tablets to launch in new markets.

 

Previously, Xiaomi officials said it was focused on releasing its low-priced electronics to emerging markets. However, that didn't mean key mobile markets would be ignored, as the Chinese company wants to take its time before trying to launch into established - and lucrative - markets outside its core locations.

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BlackBerry CEO apparently isn't ready to give up on smartphones

BlackBerry CEO John Chen has found ways to help reinvigorate the company as it looks beyond smartphones - but that doesn't mean the Canadian smartphone manufacturer has given up on phones.

 

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Speaking to Business Insider, Chen promised that BlackBerry's smartphone business unit will be profitable again one day. Even though BlackBerry has worked to help make Google Android and Apple iPhones more secure, nothing beats the security offered by a BlackBerry.

 

"I can only make iPhone so much more secure, but if I can't make it as secure as a BlackBerry device," Chen told Business Insider. "If you look at the US Army, they're still rolling out all BlackBerry. If I tell them there are no more phones, I lose that account. The question is how do you make phones profitable at the volume those people represent?"

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Tim Cook makes moving speech at George Washington University

The head of Apple, Steve Cook, spoke recently at George Washington University and had a few sentimental notes about the iPhone 6 and the late Steve Jobs for all those who would listen.

 

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Addressing the crowd, Cook stated that Jobs' "vision for Apple was a company that turned powerful technology into tools that were easy to use, tools that would help people realize their dreams and change the world for the better," furthering "our products do amazing things, and just as Steve envisioned, they empower people all over the world. People who are blind and need information read to them because they can't see the screen. People for whom technology is a lifeline because they are isolated by distance or disability."

 

Adding to his 20 minute speech, Cook made sure to tell the crowd to help out the environment - "for those of you with an iPhone, just place it in silent mode. If you don't have an iPhone, please pass it to the center aisle. Apple has a world-class recycling program."

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Report: Wireless carriers in Europe to block mobile ads

Wireless carriers in Europe could be one step closer to turning mobile ad networks sideways, as they want to block advertisements shown on smartphones. Ads shown to mobile users is a multi-billion dollar industry, so there will be a lot of jockeying for position to get things sorted out.

 

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It will be extremely difficult to accurately identify data that flows on their networks, with carriers reportedly interested in installing Shine. "Tens of millions of mobile subscribers around the world will be opting in to ad blocking by the end of the year," said Roi Carthy, chief marketing officer at Shine, in a statement published by the Financial Times.

 

Instead, it looks like mobile advertisers will just have to get a bit more creative while trying to reach mobile users in Europe. For example, ads displayed on Facebook and Twitter will still be allowed, and could open up a new ad pipeline.

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