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Weekly poll results: Apple iPhone 6 Plus takes a beating

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Last week we asked you to rate the Apple iPhone 6 in comparison with some of its closest rivals on the market. The Apple handset with the largest screen to date had to meet the LG G3, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge in a fight for your hearts.

As it turns out the first Apple phablet wasn’t quite up to the challenge and was properly beaten by all of its opponents. Read more »

Apple iPhone 6 Plus hands-on

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The Apple iPhone 6 Plus comes as a notable departure from the company’s traditions of compact devices, bringing a 5.5-inch 1080p display for the first time on an Apple smartphone.

But how does it rank in terms of an Apple device? We’ll be taking a quick look at not only the retail package and hardware design strategy, but what the latest iOS 8 update brings to the table. Read more »

Consumer Reports delivers its own take on the iPhone 6 family bend test

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Hot on the heels of Apple’s official response to the iPhone 6 family bending controversy, Consumer Reports performed its own bending test on the duo of devices. In order to make things more interesting iPhone 5, LG G3, HTC One (M8), and Samsung Galaxy Note 3 joined Cupertino’s finest.

Consumer Reports put the devices through a “three-point flexural test.” The latter is similar to Apple’s own three-point bend test that we told you about yesterday. Read more »

Moto 360 gets its first ad, which focuses on its design

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Now that the Moto 360, its first smartwatch running Android Wear, is already available, Motorola has started the ad campaign for it. The first one-minute ad for the Moto 360 was released earlier today, and it seems to be all about design.

Or specifically, the design of the smartwatch itself, of course. The theme is something along the lines of – “it’s time for a modern timepiece”. Read more »

Asus joins #bendgate fun, mocks Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus

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After Samsung, LG, HTC, and even KitKat, Asus has joined the #bendgate fun party by mocking the iPhone 6 Plus too. The Taiwanese company is also promoting two of its products while it’s at it. First up, the Zenfone 6, as you can see.

But the Transformer Book Flip gets compared to Apple’s bendy phablet too, in the next image. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z3 stars in an underwater unboxing

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Sony prides itself with the Xperia Z3‘s IP68 certification, which allows the smartphone to dive over 1 meter for over 30 minutes without breaking much sweat. As a result, Carphone Warehouse decided it was time to do one of the coolest unboxing videos we’ve seen – on the bottom of a swimming pool.

Sure, the box doesn’t fare too well, nor does the documentation inside. We’re also not to sure about using the charger after it has been submerged in water. Read more »

HealthKit-integrated Apps start surfacing in the App Store

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With iOS 8.0.2 now seeding, apps using the Apple HealthKit suite have started appearing in the App Store.

The first of the apps to appear in the App Store is FitPort, which gives you all available health information to you while syncing with HealthKit. The new health-related framework also allows you to be very picky on what information you share with third-party apps. Read more »

GoPro HERO4 leaks with 4K 30fps video and touch display

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Details of the Black and Silver versions of the GoPro HERO4 have now surfaced revealing 4K video recording at 30fps and built-in touch display. However, you’ll have to choose one or the other, as the Black does the 4K @ 30fps recording, while the Silver packs a touch display at the back.



GoPro HERO4 Black

The GoPro HERO4 Black is claimed as the most advanced GoPro camera ever and boasts improved image quality in addition to twice the processing power of its predecessor. Read more »

redditor explains why the aluminum iPhone 6 bends and the plastic Note 3 doesn’t

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We have all had our fun with the BendGate jokes. But sometimes it’s important to set the jokes aside and ask why is it that it’s happening and how come some of the other devices don’t share the same problem.

Most people have blamed the aluminum shell on the iPhone 6 for being the culprit here, because aluminum is a soft metal. However, one redditor has explained that it doesn’t really have anything to do with the shell but how the internal geometry of the phone is. Read more »

LG makes fun of the iPhone. From an iPhone.

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It’s always fun to see other companies trip over themselves trying to come up with a joke on Apple every time the latter is going through some sort of controversy. This time it’s BendGate (yeah they just add -gate to everything now), where some iPhone 6 Plus units were found to be getting bent if enough force was applied to them (we’ll keep aside the fact that few were actual incidences and most were done on purpose on YouTube to get pageviews for now).

But while it’s cool to make fun of your competitors, the least you could do is, well. not use the product you are making fun of. Someone at LG France clearly forgot about this and in trying to join the #BendGate bandwagon ended up tweeting the joke from an iPhone, as revealed by Twitter. Read more »

This is how Apple tests the iPhone 6 durability

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After today’s official response to the iPhone 6 Plus bending controversy, the company took an extra step to clear the air. The Cupertino giant granted opened the doors to its secret testing labs to select media.

In order to cope with daily use and abuse, Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus feature high-grade aluminum bodies with stainless steel and titanium inserts. Read more »

Facebook will get unconditional approval from EU on WhatsApp purchase, sources say

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Many months ago in February, Facebook made some big news when it announced plans to acquire successful messaging company WhatsApp for a mind-melting $19 billion. But the deal still has to be approved by regulatory agencies across the world, including the EU’s competition authority. That apparently shouldn’t concern Facebook, as the EU is rumored to give it the go-ahead “unconditionally”.

That means the company won’t have to make any concessions and the deal will simply be approved as is, since Facebook reportedly managed to convince the European Commission that it would have no anticompetitive effect. The information allegedly comes from “two people familiar with the matter”. Read more »

#bendgate fun continues, HTC and KitKat join

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It seems the whole Bendgate affair isn’t over as everyone is keen to strike the iPhone 6 Plus where it hurts yet again. A clever ad of the Galaxy Note 3 has popped up, showing the bent iPhone 6 Plus bowing to the Android phablet.

Update:It turns out the image above was created by an independent marketing agency, rather than Samsung itself.

The Galaxy Note 4 would be more relevant, though. In addition, HTC and KitKat have also jumped on the Bendgate bandwagon on Twitter. Read more »

Samsung’s 3.2TB NVMe SSD goes in mass production, reaches 3GB/s read speed

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Today Samsung announced it is pushing its 3.2TB NVMe PCIE solid state drives in mass production. The SSD is based on the 3D V-NAND flash memory technology and will primarily be used in high-end enterprise server systems.

However, this doesn’t take away from the awesomeness of the drive. It reaches sequential read speed of 3,000MB/s and writes sequentially at up to 2,200MB/s. Read more »

Will it bend? The iPhone 6, One (M8), Moto X and Lumia 1020 edition

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Everyone knows that once a potential flaw is discovered in the new iPhone then all phones in existence must be tested for the same flaw. It happened with Antennagate and now it’s happening with Bendgate.

The Apple iPhone 6 Plus proved easy to deform under pressure so the smaller iPhone 6 was put under the same test along with the iPhone 5s, the HTC One (M8), another aluminum phone, the Motorola Moto X (2014) and the Nokia Lumia 1020. Read more »