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    You likely have heard by now that Apple’s newest smartphone, the iPhone 6, is hitting store shelves very soon. Why shell out hundreds of dollars and wait in a line up for what will seem like an eternity when you could just enter to win The Epic iPhone 6 Giveaway at the Pocketnow Deals Store? The iPhone 6 is a big deal. Literally! It comes in two screen sizes: 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch, making each iPhone 6 version larger than any iPhone before it. Bigger screens means you can see more detail in pictures and videos, and it will be easier to type emails and text messages. Entering The Epic ...

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    Last week's launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus afforded Apple the opportunity to give its smartphone lineup some hardware it had been missing for years: an NFC transceiver. While NFC has been present on Android devices going back several generations, and we've even seen it come to platforms like Windows Phone, Apple has been hesitant to follow suit. But this year was different, as Apple didn't just launch new hardware, but also its Apple Pay mobile payments system, finally giving it a solid reason to justify NFC's presence; just as you might do with Google Wallet or Softcard (née ...

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    Do subsidized on-contract smartphone sales make a lot of sense? We could (and in the past, have) argue that point until the cows come home, but whether through choice or chance of fate, let's say you find yourself in that on-contract wagon. Record numbers of smartphone users are pre-ordering the iPhone 6 right now, so what do you do if you find yourself craving Apple's latest handset, but it's not quite time for you to upgrade just yet? If you're a Verizon user, you may be in luck, as the carrier confirms early upgrade support for certain subscribers. Basically, if you're with Verizon but ...

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    The iPhone 6 (and its bigger brother, the 6 Plus) is going to be big. And no, we don't just mean this year's arrival of the largest screens for iPhone handsets to date; this thing is selling like hotcakes. At least, that's the impression we got last week when hearing from AT&T that pre-orders for the phone had managed to outdo either of the previous two years' iPhone launches, but just how many sales are we talking about, anyway? Apple has weighed-in with some official numbers, confirming record-setting interest. In the first 24 hours of pre-orders alone, Apple fans bought over four ...

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    It's impossible to talk about this week's launch announcement of Apple Pay, the NFC-enabled mobile payment system available with the new iPhones and Apple Watch, without drawing comparisons to Google Wallet. And with good reason, as the two services are more alike than either company would probably like to admit – at the end of the day, they're both moving money from A to B, and there aren't that many ways to spice things up. But now one small, though still notable difference is emerging, as we learn how Apple intends to profit from Apple Pay's use. With Google Wallet, we were always ...

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    Have you pre-ordered your iPhone 6 yet? Maybe looking for some phablet action with an iPhone 6 Plus pre-order? If so, you're probably in good company, with Apple fans everywhere getting ready to let the company's latest smartphones into their lives. But for as much enthusiasm as we're seeing, this new direction for Apple isn't without controversy: will fans of the company's smaller phones be willing to embrace these larger designs? We're finally starting to hear some carriers weigh in on the public demand for these phones, and to hear that message, Apple has nothing to be worried about. ...

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    A couple days ago, HTC sent out invitations for an October 8 event, leaving us only with the words “double exposure” to hint at what might be in store. It sure sounded like something photography-related, but would this be as major as a new phone, or maybe something more in the line of new camera software? Both could still be possibilities, but a new rumor suggests HTC's also cooking-up something very different, describing a new camera accessory. According to Bloomberg's sources, HTC has been developing a tube-shaped ruggedized camera. It would have a wide-angle lens, 16MP sensor, and ...

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    You can finally now throw your money at your computer screen, those of you waiting in great anticipation of Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch. iPhone 6 pre-orders have gone live across a variety of retailers in the United States, so we've compiled a list of where exactly you should go to try to grab yourself an early order of the hottest new iOS phone out. Apple Store The most obvious place to go for iPhone 6 pre-orders is Apple's own online store, but though this is likely where the most supply will be, it's also where the most demand will be. If past years are any indicator of ...

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    A lot of people have always said iPads and other tablets are primarily geared towards entertainment – the consumption of media, no creation. I, on the other hand, have always had a different stance. I've always tried do more with mobile devices, to get more out of them, to create content and get actual work done from mobile. It hasn't always worked out so well for me, particularly when I tried to go tablet-only for a day. However, getting more done with your tablet is entirely possible. One company, Branchfire, is dead set on making that possible with its PDF annotation app iAnnotate. In ...

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    Even though we all anticipated the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch, we can't deny that the amount of hiccups in the live stream were annoying. Some of us spent minutes refreshing browsers, Apple TVs, iPads and iPhones trying to find a stream that wouldn't crash, something you wouldn't expect from a technology company. The announcement of Apple's new iPhone 6 and Apple Watch have also left the industry quite polarized, and you bet that the competition is doing something about it. Samsung's new ad campaign is titled "It doesn't take a genius," and the six ads that we've seen so far are focused ...

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    In the weeks leading up to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launches, no one seemed to be sure exactly what hardware we were going to get. Would only the 4.7-inch model arrive, with the 5.5-incher delayed until later? While we ultimately saw both handsets make their debut, they did so without one of the features that seemed like such a big components to these rumors going back months and months: a very scratch-resistant sapphire screen. After all, Apple has this huge investment in GT Advanced Technologies, which has reportedly been cranking-out sapphire for some time now. By the sound of ...

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    For the last couple of years, one of the most ridiculous things about buying a new iPhone on launch day, is being up at midnight Pacific time, or having to make a crazy line and leave empty handed. Apple has done some minor improvements here and there in order to ensure enough stock of devices on launch day so that you at least go home with something, but that doesn't mean people don't spend 11 hours making a line. This behavior is so predictable that people have already begun to make a line a week ago, though Apple is reportedly about to change things. In the past, each device in stock ...

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    It's one of the most straightforward game mechanics around: match like items, and repeat. From the early days of Tetris, Columns, and Puzzle Bobble, we've seen such titles evolve to tackle the burgeoning smartphone market, giving us games like the irrepressible Candy Crush Saga. Today we're hearing about the latest software along these lines, as 10tons Ltd. announces the release of Puzzles and Pixies for iOS. The match-three-style puzzler hits the Apple App Store this morning as a free-to-play download, the first such puzzle game from the developer. By matching like-colored tiles, players ...

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    It took Apple a crazy 5 years to finally consider increasing the screen size of its beloved iPhone from 3.5-inches to 4 with the iPhone 5. Even so, many believed that there was more opportunity for growth as Apple continued to push for the importance of one-handed usability. Yesterday's launch of the bigger iPhone 6, and the gigantic iPhone 6 Plus marks a complete contradiction to the company's mentality, and as a result, competitors begin chiming in. The Samsung Mobile crew in Philippines tweeted a photo that repeats a famous phrase from the late Steve Jobs: "No one is going to buy a big ...

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    When Apple launched its MFi standard to allow for third-party headphone manufacturers to deliver higher-quality audio through the iOS Lightning port, many people thought this had everything to do with Beats. The purpose for Apple's acquisition of Beats is still a mystery that we're waiting to resolve, but we at least thought that yesterday's Apple event would shed some light, or some products that would show the integration between both companies. That wasn't the case, and still today, we see the first MFi-compatible product being announced. Phillips has just unwrapped its Fidelio M2L ...

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