6s still outperforms all smartphones, iPhone sales up 17.5%, game sales up too, iAds, Pharrell’s Beats 1 show threat, Emoji guide


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Antutu: iPhone 6s performance thrashes high-spec Androids Huawei Mate 8, Samsung Note 5 & Nexus 6p — Performance benchmark vendor Antutu presented iPhone 6s as the best performing smartphone of the year, despite being compared against high end Androids with more RAM and faster CPU clocks driving four times as many cores.

iPhones now have 17.5% of the global smartphone market — Global smartphone shipments for 2015 grew 10.3% year on year to 1.293 billion Chinese vendors together shipped 539 million units in 2015, while Samsung and Apple together shipped a total of 547 million units, according to the latest reporting from the global market research firm TrendForce.

Games downloads at the Apple App Store grew more than 20% month-over-month — Worldwide games category downloads on the Apple App Store grew more than 20% month-over-month in December, as revealed by Sensor Tower’s Store Intelligence estimates.

Apple reportedly phasing out in-house iAd sales team, replacing it with a publisher-driven system — Six years after launching its advertising platform, Apple is moving to phase out its in-house iAd sales team in favour of a new publisher-driven system, reports BuzzFeed News, quoting unnamed “multiple sources.”

Pharrell’s Beats 1 Radio show faces potential injunction — Pharrell Williams is facing a lawsuit that could permanently shut down his Beats 1 radio show OTHERtone. Uncommon Content Partners claims it had a contract with the popular singer and music producer for another show, and that he walked away from the deal.

Complete guide to using Emoji — Here’s a Macworld guide covering the little pictograms on iDevices (and Mac).

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