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Apple Pay rolls out on Monday

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Apple’s NFC-based new mobile payment initiative will start rolling out on Monday, October 20. The information was made official at the company’s event today, during which it’s expected to also announce the new iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3. Interestingly, that’s the exact date that has been rumored at the beginning of the month.

Apple Pay was unveiled during the big iPhone 6 announcement in September. Since then, Apple has managed to bring in 500 more banks to support its service. Read more »

Belkin unveils new backlit QODE keyboards for the iPad Air

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With an iPad even scheduled for tomorrow it may seem like an odd time to announce a new iPad Air keyboard but Belkin did just that. The new QODE Ultimate Pro keyboard offers an upgraded typing experience compared to the QODE Ultimate along with protection for your iPad.

The QODE Slim Style keyboard case features the same keyboard as the Ultimate Pro but the folio-style case is thinner and lighter. Read more »

Bono makes an apology for the automatic U2 album download on iTunes

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U2 members did a Facebook interview recently answering fan questions and inevitably, they were asked not to ever do another iTunes automatic album deal. The fan asking the question described it as “rude”, which really ticked the members. However, after that Bono went on to apologist on behalf of the group.

The band’s front man said he was sorry and that U2 got “carried away” as they were concerned that the music they’ve poured years of hard work into might remain unheard. Read more »

BT4.0-enabled August Smart Lock arrives in Apple stores this week

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If you haven’t heard of it, the August Smart Lock uses Bluetooth 4.0 LE and a smartphone in place of old-fashioned keys. It works with iPhones 4s and up (iOS 7 and later) and certain Androids (KitKat and later). The lock replaces a deadbolt and can be opened with a key in case you forget your phone or something goes amiss.

Why am I telling you all of this? Because starting this week you can grab one from an Apple retail store. Read more »

New Skype-made Qik app lets groups chat with 42-second videos

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A small team at Skype went the startup route with the popular “send [arbitrary number] second videos!” formula. The new app is called Skype Qik (“quick”) and lets you record 42-second videos that you can send to one person or a whole group.

The app is available on Windows Phone, Android and iOS starting today. Read more »

Testing the bending-resistance of Gresso’s aluminum iPhone 6 case

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Bendgate is the latest [something]gate to plague the iPhone and Gresso has a case to cure that problem. The case is for the iPhone 6 rather than the 6 Plus, which is actually the one with bending issues.

Still, Gresso is known for its luxury phones and a lot of machining went into the making of the Gresso Aluminum Bumper for the iPhone 6. Read more »

‘Electronic Super Joy: Groove City’ for iOS game review

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Electronic Super Joy: Groove City, and its predecessor Electronic Super Joy, are two popular 2D side-scrolling platforming games. The games fall under the ‘masocore’ category, where the gameplay is extremely difficult and requires far too much patience and precision to play. Other than that the games are also known for their 8-bit graphics, epic EDM soundtrack, and tongue in cheek humor.

Although the original game never arrived on mobile, the developers have released the second version on iOS. I did enjoy both the games on PC, so I was looking forward to how the mobile version was going to be. Unfortunately, it wasn’t that great. Read more »

iPhone 6 accessory sales hit $249 million in a fortnight

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According to analyst company NPD Group, Apple isn’t the only one reaping the benefits of surging iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sales. The report states that iPhone 6 accessory makers have made a total of $249 million over the last two weeks.

That’s 43% increase compared to the first two weeks after the iPhone 6 launch, and it’s hardly surprising. The iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s managed to accumulate $195 million of revenue for the same period with just a 17% spike for the second fortnight since launch. Read more »

Angry Birds Seasons update celebrates NBA 2014-2015 season start with new levels

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Angry Birds Seasons is getting a new NBA episode with 15 new “ballin’ levels”. What’s more, Rovio has also worked on delivering NBA Pass ($4.95), which gives you 30 more levels one for each NBA team.

Rovio has actually struck a deal with NBA and Spalding and the levels look cool and pay tribute to great NBA teams. And that’s no wonder considering the game celebrates the NBA 2014-2015 basketball season. Read more »

Google outs News & Weather app for iOS

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Google released a standalone News & Weather application for iOS. Available for download in the App Store, the app joins the rest of Google’s already extensive range of apps for Apple’s mobile platform.

Google News & Weather for iOS delivers coverage from 65,000 publications. Read more »

Logitech’s protection [+] power for Galaxy S5 and iPhone 5/5s does what it says on the label

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Logitech has unveiled a rugged, MIL-STD rated battery case with versions for both the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the old Apple iPhone 5 and 5s. The case is appropriately named “protection [+] power” and comes in Gray/Black and White/Blue.

A MIL-STD-810G rating does not include water resistance but it means the device can survive drops on hard concrete from 1.2 meters. Read more »

Adobe Premiere Clip is a video editor for iPhone and iPad, now available

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Adobe has launched a new video editing app for iOS today. It’s called Premiere Clip and it’s basically a mobile-friendly interpretation of Premiere Pro, the company’s desktop video editor.

Adobe Premiere Clip is created with the mainstream user in mind, and not just video professionals. It’s a bit similar to iMovie, allowing you to trim and arrange bits, filter your video, as well as add transitions and effects – though these are rather basic compared to what you can do on a computer. Read more »

Apple iPhone 6 prototype goes on sale on eBay, exceeds $60,000

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Apple iPhone 6 and its iPhone 6 Plus sibling are already official and available on the market. You can get them both on contract or SIM-free if you like. Yet an internal mistake of some sort by Verizon saw an early adopter receive an iPhone 6 prototype unit instead of a finalized market-ready device.

As it usually goes with the prototypes these days – the device is now on sale on eBay and its current price is $61,300. Read more »

‘Entwined Challenge’ for iOS and Android game review

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Entwined Challenge is the latest game from PlayStation Mobile for iOS and Android. The game is based on Entwined, made for the PlayStation platform.

Entwined Challenge is a simplified version of Entwined, modified and optimized for touchscreen devices. You play as a fish and a bird and control both characters simultaneously in an endless runner sort of environment. The original PlayStation title received mixed reviews from critics. Let’s see how well the mobile version fares. Read more »

Apple iPhone 6 Plus battery life test

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Now that the review is done it’s time to take a closer look at the Apple iPhone 6 Plus battery life and how it stacks up against the competition.

Apple’s biggest iPhone yet carries the biggest expectations for good performance and also the biggest battery among its peers (not counting iPads) so it should be able to outlast the smaller iPhone 6 easily. And it does – the numbers are inside. Read more »