EverDock, a slick universal dock for smartphones and tablets

Fuz Design’s EverDock lets you dock all kinds of devices, and it looks good while doing it. The Kickstarter project, which wraps up on Thursday, has an attractive aluminum design that matches Apple’s aesthetics.

The dock will come in single and double versions and is fitted for Lightning, 30-pin dock and micro-USB connectors. It includes silicone protectors if you’re using your device bare, or you can take the pads off if you have a case.

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Mobile strategies that aren’t just gimmicks

The previous year saw a massive surge in ownership of smartphones and tablets in the US market. The Indian scenario is set to follow suit with smartphones available at lower and lower price points all the time and growth expected to double in 2012. So the medium is viable; but how is it being used?

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PayPal lets you pay with your face

UK consumers can now leave their wallets at home and pay using nothing more than their phones and faces thanks to PayPal’s “check in” app — at certain outlets.

The app works across iOS, Android and Windows Phone and highlights businesses nearby that let customers pay by PayPal. You can link your PayPal account to your bank account, debit or credit card, so that you don’t have to worry about being in credit in order to make payments.

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IFTTT launches iPhone app

Quietly, IFTTT has become an indispensable tool for a growing number of internet users, making connections between web services including Facebook, Gmail, Dropbox and a host of others. The name stands for If This Then That, a phrase that represents the way its “triggers” (this) and “actions” (that) are used for the different “channels”. If this happens in Facebook, do that in Dropbox. If this is posted on Instagram or SoundCloud, do that with it in my Gmail inbox. And so on.

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Google must be dancing!

Google‘s (GOOG_) management team is dancing around its new KitKat statue today, having dodged what could have been a competitive bullet or two from Apple(APPL) — possibly the new iWatch, iTV or even a new laptop. For heaven’s sake, they didn’t even announce a new iPad!

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App Is Slow? Because your World Is Ending!

The meatiest article I ran across on the Internet this week was also–maybe–a harbinger of doom for life as we know it. I mean Drew Crawford’s superb piece Why mobile web apps are slow. It’s long, and somewhat dense, but definitely worth reading if you’re technical enough to follow along.

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iOS Vs. Android And Windows Phone Vs. The Rest

It’s Smartphone Platform Market Share Day, meaning that your local nerds are atwitter about the latest figures: Android’s continuing massive growth, the slowing of iOS’s year-over-year unit volume expansion, and curiously, today, if Windows Phone’s numbers matter.

You see, Windows Phone posted the highest year-over-year unit volume increase, according to IDC, clocking in with a second quarter of 2012 to second quarter of 2013 gain of 77.6 percent. The simple kicker to that growth rate is that Windows Phone as a platform is exceptionally small compared to Android, which posted a 73.5 percent unit volume gain in the same period.

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Apps not effective tool for teaching babies

Smartphones don’t make smart babies, an advocacy group declared in a complaint to the government about mobile apps that claim to help babies learn.

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Apple implies likely iPhone launch(es) by late September

An analysis of Apple’s Q4 guidance by BTIG’s Walter Piecyk suggests that the company will launch new products in Q4, which ends on 28 September.

We don’t think that Apple can hit its newly issued revenue guidance for the September quarter unless it launches new products. After delivering $35 billion in revenue in the June quarter, management guided to $34-$37 billion next quarter. Revenue would more typically drop multiple billions if the company had no new products planned.

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