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Is Apple dumping the 3.5 mm headphone jack?

- June 5th, 2014

Apple has introduced a new hardware spec for its headphone manufacturers, according to a report by 9to5Mac.

Instead of making headphones or earphones that connect through the standard 3.5 mm stereo/mono (TRS) connector, its partners, through the Made-For-iPhone/iPad/iPod (MFi) Program, can create headphones that connect to iOS devices via the Lightning connector instead (which is Apple’s proprietary alternative to USB).

Apple's iPhone 5s

Apple’s iPhone 5s. REUTERS/Yuya Shino/Files

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Three tips from Henry’s Phoneography class

- June 3rd, 2014

It’s no secret the shutter is closing on traditional cameras in favour of our smartphones, and while you may consider yourself a savvy mobile snapper, there’s always something new to learn.

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Henry’s is now offering Phoneography classes for iPhone and Samsung users. (Henry’s Photo)

Camera retailer Henry’s just started hosting Phoneography classes for iPhone and Samsung users.
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Google Play Music launches in Canada

- May 5th, 2014

Better fashionably late than never.

Google joins the digital music dance party in Canada with the launch today of Google Play Music, a streaming service that will give subscribers access to more than 25 million songs, from red-hot beats to mouldy oldies.

Available as of now, Google Play Music shoulders its way into an ever-crowded field of streaming music competitors, including Rdio, Slacker, Deezer, Sony Music Unlimited and Xbox Music, among others. Google seems to be aiming for an all-things-to-all-people approach, combining commonplace features like customized streaming radio stations with free cloud-based storage of up to 20,000 songs, and subscription features that include access to a catalogue of 25 million tracks.

Play Music - Nexus 5

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Review: HTC One (M8)

- April 21st, 2014

Another flagship phone from HTC with another derivative name. This HTC One, however, includes its development codename “M8″ in brackets after it so as not to be confused with the other Ones, One Xes and so on. (It is also referred to as the All New HTC One which will be become a rather outdated moniker in a year or so when HTC will undoubtedly release another One.)

But despite a similar name to its predecessors, the HTC One (M8) is a whole new phone.

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Review: Alcatel OneTouch Idol X

- March 31st, 2014

Before trying out the Idol X, I had never used an Alcatel OneTouch phone before.  In fact, I knew very little about the phones and TCL, the company that makes them.  So I wasn’t sure what to expect from a phone of a less recognizable brand than say, a Samsung, LG or HTC product.

But the Idol X makes quite an impression.

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