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Average iPhone price higher in US than many other countries, survey finds — Americans are paying more for their iPhones than citizens of 38 other countries, according to a study into the average cost of electronics around the world, with a difference between the US and the cheapest country’s prices found to be more than $220.
According to research from Latin America retailer Linio, the US has the 39th cheapest average iPhone cost, $625.88, out of the 71 countries studied. By comparison, Canada is in 14th place with $555.25, the United Kingdom is ranked in 12th with $542.29, New Zealand at 52nd ($623.36)and Australia is in 20th place with $574.50.

iOS makes gains in most regions in the past three months as Android declines — The latest smartphone OS sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech shows Android sales declined in the US, Great Britain and France, as iOS continued to make gains across most regions in the three months ending November 2016. But iPhone is ceding ground in the crucial Chinese market.

Samsung vice chairman a suspect in South Korean bribery probe — A South Korean prosecutor’s office is set to interrogate the head of the Samsung Group, Jay Y Lee, as part of a wider influence scandal involving the country’s President Park Geun-hye and her close friend, Choi Soon-sil.

Every Apple HomeKit product announced at CES 2017 coming later this year — Apple itself may not show up to CES, but about a dozen companies came to this year’s show with a range of HomeKit-capable products from smart lighting products to home security. Here’s a complete guide to everything HomeKit unveiled at CES 2017.

Apple beefing up privacy options on its CareKit platform — Apple has partnered with security firm Tresorit to offer developers using Apple’s CareKit platform increased privacy options, helping reach HIPAA compliance, reports Mashable.
CareKit is a tool for assisting people in taking an active role in their care. iPhone apps using the kit make it easier for individuals to keep track of care plans and monitor symptoms and medication; providing insights that help people better understand their own health. With the ability to share information with doctors, nurses or family members, CareKit apps help people take a more active role in their health.

Key Takeaways from Phil Schiller’s iPhone Anniversary Interview
Andrew Orr Andrew Orr — On the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, Steven Levy posted an exclusive interview with Phil Schiller on his blog, BackChannel. Here are some of the key takeaways from the anniversary, including anecdotes from the original launch, thoughts on apps, and whether Phil could have known how popular Apple’s device would become.

CareKit, looking ahead to iOS 10, watchOS 3


CloudMine releases CareKit SDK for Apple developers — CloudMine, a secure data healthcare platform, has released an iOS SDK (software development kit) designed to work with Apple’s CareKit framework. Built to support native iOS apps, this SDK will communicate with CloudMine’s Connected Health Cloud.

With no Game Center app in iOS 10, invites will be managed by Messages — Beginning with iOS 10, Apple’s Game Center service will no longer have its own dedicated application. Instead, actions like adding friends or inviting them to a game will be handled by individual games themselves, routed through Apple’s expanded Messages app.

Inside watchOS 3: Apple Watch adds new iOS-style swipe-up Control Centre — With watchOS 3, Glances are no more. Swiping up from watch faces now brings up a Control Center with quick access to commonly used settings, borrowing a design convention from Apple’s iOS.

CareKit, hit SE, Alto’s Adventure, ANZ Apple Pay, iPads still going strong

CareKitApple’s CareKit tool launches today with four apps — Following on the heels of HealthKit and ResearchKit, Apple has launched its third medical framework, CareKit. Four apps are now available at the Apple App Store.
CareKit is a tool for assisting people in taking an active role in their care. iPhone apps using it make it easier for individuals to keep track of care plans and monitor symptoms and medication; providing insights that help people better understand their own health, says Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer, Initiatives.

iPhone SE a surprise hit? After Apple’s latest quarterly earnings call, we got a hint Apple has a surprising hit product on its hands.

Alto’s Adventure on sale for iOS and TV — Ethereal, beautiful and exciting Alto’s Adventure has a simple premise: guide a character on their snowboard to round up llamas, do increasingly more complex stunts, jump over crevasses and try to keep from wiping out. Between the fun gameplay, the ever-changing weather in the game, the beautiful sunset and night scenes, and the atmospheric soundtrack, Alto’s Adventure is a joy to play. If you haven’t yet purchased it, Alto’s Adventure is now on sale at 30% it’s usual price.
The app includes the tvOS version as well, so those of you with the 4th-generation Apple TV can enjoy this astounding game on the big screen. The sale won’t last long, so get it now for NZ99¢ instead of $2.99.

ANZ to introduce Apple Pay in Australia — Apple Pay expanded services in Australia yesterday with the addition of ANZ Bank, the first major financial institution in the region to support Apple’s payments product after a limited rollout in November.

Five years later, iPad 2 keeps plugging on — Newer iPads might be faster or have higher resolution, but Apple’s 2nd-generation tablet keeps getting the job done for Joel Mathis. [My iPad mini 2 is three years old and still going strong, too.]