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    People tend to forget Apple’s glamorous September 9 press event isn’t expected to be all about new iPhones, with a long overdue set-top box upgrade and likely a jumbo-sized iPad Pro also imminent. Meanwhile, the iPad Air 3 may sit on the sidelines until next year or get canceled altogether, but let’s focus on the fourth-generation Apple TV for a minute or two. Last revised in January 2013 and truly improved a year earlier, the digital media player has never been met with the enthusiasm of iPhones, iPad or Macs. That’s mostly because Apple continues to explore different ways of ...

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    No, you haven’t traveled into the not so distant future, and no, Apple’s iPhone 6s and 6s Plus aren’t official yet. But they will be in a matter of days, and we all know what that means for professional rumormongers. They need to move on to the “next big thing”, no matter how hard it may be to decipher so early in the R&D stages, and sources “from supply chains in Asia” quoted by Digitimes have already done just that. The mysterious, anonymous tipsters claim 2016 iPhones, likely to carry 7 designation, will circle back to the glass-on-glass (G/G) touch technology used on ...

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    Apple has become very predictable lately when it comes to product announcements. We know that iPhones are announced in September, iPads in October, and WWDC is all about software. This gives us enough of a clue as to what to expect for Apple's event on September 9, even though it seems that might change. Trusted sources claim that Apple is planning to announce the iPad Pro on September 9, along with the iPad mini 4, the new iPhones, and hey, why not a new Apple TV while Cupertino is at it. Apple has gone as far as to change its regular venue for this event, and instead use the much larger ...

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    The war of video streaming services has existed for a while now, with some services having key differentiating factors over others. Netflix is already famous for giving users an amazing video library at a very affordable price, but so does Amazon’s video service. Amazon’s offering does give Prime users the option to get these services for free in most cases, but this is about to improve. Amazon has just announced that Prime members will be able to receive the added benefit of being able to watch videos offline. This is definitely a bonus for those who travel frequently, or who struggle ...

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    The day that they said would never come is finally here - well, sort of: Android Wear now works on iPhones! I know, I never thought I'd see the day, but here we are. Naysayers and critics will be quick to point out that only one wearable is officially supported, the LG Watch Urbane (for now). Not long after the announcement, however, we learned that the Moto 360 works just fine connected to an iPhone - but only if it runs Android Wear 1.3 (which doesn't come on the watch out of the box). That fun little tidbit gives us the impression that any smartwatch powered by Android Wear and running ...

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    Square’s approach to helping buddies send money to each other is kind of smart, so much so that it has driven some envy in the industry. PayPay was really one of the pioneers of the whole concept, but over the years the service has turned into more of a bank than anything else. It only makes sense for the company to look for a simplified way to return to its roots, and today we see how. The company has just announced a new service called PayPal.Me, that intends to simplify monetary transactions between friends. The concept is rather interesting though, where you can create a personal URL ...

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    Contactless payments have grown significantly over the last couple of months. According to the U.K. Cards Association, the figure has more than doubled from £287 million per month in January 2015 to £567 million in June 2015. £2.5 billion in just the first half of the year is a huge improvement over the £2.32 billion for all of 2014, so it only makes sense for companies to work on keeping that growth steady. The U.K. Cards Association has just announced that it’ll be increasing the transaction limit for services like Apple Pay. As of today, contactless payments will have an new limit ...

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    Leaks of the iPhone 6s Plus haven’t been easy to come by, just like we saw with last year’s iPhone 6 Plus. It seems that the larger the phone is, the harder it is for leakers to stash units out of the factory. We’ve been flooded with leaks of its smaller sibling, but it’s not until today that we’re able to compare. Today we find a few photos of the iPhone 6s Plus display, helping us give some extra credibility to the rumors of Force Touch technology reaching both iPhones. As a matter of fact, rumors of this technology mainly focused on the larger variant in the past, as a ...

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    When it was first announced, almost 20 months ago, the low-cost Razer Nabu wearable device flew deep under our radar. It’s like we could sense its experimental nature, which ultimately kept the smart band on the sidelines all this time. Gaming accessory manufacturer Razer attempted to commercially launch the Nabu late last year, but quickly went back to the drawing board after modest initial customer reception. Now, an upgraded, refined and slightly pricier variant looks finally ready for primetime, with September 15 slated as a pre-order start date, and shipments due at some point the ...

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    All signs point to the debut of a new Apple TV in our soon-to-be-immediate future, with the latest rumors suggesting that this new souped-up version with Siri integration, app support, and a new remote interface is just about to join its predecessor in Apple's stores. Both boxes should ultimately support Apple's long-rumored streaming video service, once that finally gets off the ground. When that service does, what sort of content can we look forward to? Besides the variety of third-party content users can likely look forward to, a new report suggests that Apple will produce original ...

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    Microsoft has done a good job at wowing the world with its new HoloLens project, but obviously at this point it’s just that, a project. We have yet to see when this will become a reality for the enterprise and consumers, so it does leave the door open for any competitor to try to find a way to use these ideas and compete. Apple is notorious for grabbing existing ideas and launching them with its own touch, and today we learn of its probable next project. Trusted sources claim that Apple has already poached Microsoft’s lead HoloLens audio engineer, Nick Thompson. Before joining ...

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    Sony has been doing a ton of initiatives in order to regain economical piece of mind. First Flight is one of those cases, where the company has launched its own crowdfunding platform with the idea of gaining an extra push for its own internal projects. This service is currently only available in Japan, but we get to see today what it's all about. First Flight has just announced crowdfunding options for the "Wena Wrist" smartwatch. Wena stands for "wear electronics naturally," and the idea is to provide you with a different kind of smartwatch to what you're used to. Similar to the Cogito, ...

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    We've kept a close eye on all the rumored changes that Apple is planning for the Apple TV. The company's "hobby" product is rumored to gain a ton of updates that will help Cupertino compete with cable companies in a different way. We thought existing Apple TV units would gain some of the fun, but today we learn that it might not. Sources claim that the new Apple TV will sell along with the current one, being the newer one the premium model. This premium unit is rumored to be similar to the current one in design, but thicker. It'll include a new type of touch-based remote control, an App ...

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    Last Friday, we saw Amazon list the Huawei Watch for pre-order, only for the page to subsequently be taken down. Huawei released a statement mentioning “incorrect information” on “a partner website,” but didn't go into much detail. We're still waiting for the full story on that smartwatch's release, but at least one related mystery has just managed to resolve itself. You see, while that listing was still up, it mentioned iOS compatibility for the Huawei Watch, despite this being an Android Wear model. We wondered at the time just what was meant by that, and today we seem to have ...

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    Apple's press event is now on for September 9, and there's little doubt that we're about to see the company's latest iPhone models. While that much may be taken for granted, we've still got plenty of questions about just how these new options will land, and what impact they'll have on Apple's plans for sales of existing iPhone models. Those questions include the subject of storage capacity, and we've long wondered if and when Apple might drop its 16GB option for new iPhones, just as it already dropped the 8GB option, making 32GB the new minimum. Some rumors have said that 16GB was getting ...

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    The bubble is about to burst for tablets, which have rapidly grown in recent years, but are faced with a crucial identity crisis as phablets threaten their very existence. Who needs an often bulky, non-cellular-enabled PC lacking the physical keyboard and productivity of conventional laptops? According to Taiwanese research firm TrendForce, just 163 million people in 2015. That includes estimates for the year’s first half and H2 forecasts, and would see the global market drop by a staggering 14.9 percent. So-called brand vendors are crippled by the industry’s free fall the most, as ...

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    As Apple sets the stage for the official announcements of the highly anticipated next-generation iPhones, Samsung intensifies its own efforts of promoting the latest Galaxy flagships. The S6 Edge, S6 Edge+ and Note 5 were offered on an “ultimate test drive” for free to iPhone owners for up to 30 days last week, a publicity stunt that proved so popular all three Androids went out of stock in a matter of hours. To this day, Samsung hasn’t been able to replenish inventory dedicated to the trial program, but there may still be hope for iFans looking to jump ship. Furthermore, those who ...

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    Apple is famous for the audio quality of its products ever since the days of the iPod, but it’s been a while since the company has launched a new pair of earphones. The company’s in-ear headphones are older than old, the EarPods exist since the iPhone 5, and it’s not like if we actually praise Beats headphones for their quality. Today we learn that Cupertino hasn’t necessarily been sitting in its laurels about this. The company has filed a new patent for wireless earphones with bone conduction noise canceling technology. In a nutshell, you can take a phone call with these wireless ...

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    The closer we get to Apple’s September 9 event, the more credible leaks get on the iPhone 6s. We’ve heard rumors teasing the iPhone 6s in a rose gold variant, and we’ve also heard rumors dismissing them. There have also been strong hints to Force Touch technology, in addition to the possibility of a sapphire display option. Sources today claim that the rose gold iPhone 6s will exist, and will be the only hint that you’re actually carrying the newer iPhone. It’ll resemble the same copper-like color tone of the rose gold Apple Watch, though obviously made of anodized aluminum. ...

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    For those of you that have forgotten, Apple is that company that spent 3 generations of its mobile operating system without a wallpaper for the icons. The fact that Apple decided to take a leap forward and allow dynamic wallpapers with iOS 7 was huge by Cupertino standards. We've seen an even broader approach from the company with the Apple Watch, and today it seems it won't stop there. Insider sources that claim to have already used the iPhone 6s claim that Apple will bring motion wallpapers to the new smartphone lineup, in a similar fashion to what we see in the Apple Watch. The source ...

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    If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Instagram should consider itself overwhelmed with adulation, as the photo-sharing service has spawned a seemingly endless parade of competitors. And while many of them have attempted to offer their own twist on Instagram's formula, the company’s offerings have remained remarkable consistent; sure we see the launch of new filters, and video support arrived a while back, but Instagram's bread-and-butter has remained its square 640 x 640 photos. Last month we shared news with you of a long overdue resolution bump, raising the cap to 1080 x ...

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    It's been about three weeks now since the usual nebulous rumors of a late-summer Apple launch event started taking form, zeroing in on one date: September 9. And while that initial report sounded a wee bit unsure of itself, subsequent rumors have circled back around on, if not that precise date, at least a narrow timeframe bordering it. But even with this feeling like a sure thing, all the speculation in the world can't replace some good old fashioned confirmation. That's just what we have this afternoon, as Apple goes official with its plans for a September 9 announcement. Obviously, ...

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    September 9 has been bandied about as the most likely unveil date of Apple’s next-gen iPhones for many weeks now, and a reputable source claims it has confirmed that’s indeed the plan. To our knowledge, media invitations haven’t gone out yet, but that may be because Cupertino was trying to keep the event’s location under wraps. All signs point to the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California, as the local Planning Department says a mysterious “trade show” should take place there between September 4 and 10. Since no company has made public an intention to hold ...

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    Apple's recent change in retail leadership has brought some interesting changes to Apple Stores. The Apple Watch pre-orders were definitely not popular, and forcing third-party accessory makers to adopt Apple-style packaging was just odd, but not all is bad. Today we see more changes happening as part of the new retail strategy. Starting today we see that Apple Stores will now be selling Apple Watch third-party accessories, something never done before. The company starts with the $29.95 NightStand made by ElevationLabs. This is actually one of the first to have ever launched to the market, ...

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    We all know that Apple owns an insane amount of patents, and in most of these cases, these patents cover things that would be insane to patent because of their simplicity. That said, these patents have helped Cupertino win trials against Samsung in the US, and against the Google-owned Motorola in Europe. This second patent case was subject to an Appeal by Motorola tough, and it seems Apple has just lost it. The patent EP1964022 that was granted to Apple back in 2010 focused on the "swipe to unlock" gesture that is now common on all smartphones, and that gave Cupertino teeth to sue and ...

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