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Apple Unveils iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Announces iOS 8 Availability

iphone 6 650At an event today in Cupertino, California, Apple unveiled its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones, with the company calling the devices “the biggest advancements in iPhone history.” The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus offer 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch Retina HD displays, respectively, and feature advanced iSight and FaceTime HD cameras, the Apple-designed A8 chip, improved wireless technologies, increased battery life, and Apple Pay, a new way to use one’s phone for making payments in-stores and online.

The devices will be available in gold, silver or space gray, and will launch in the US on September 19. The iPhone 6 will be available in three models: 16GB for $ 199, 64GB for $ 299 and 128GB for $ 399. The iPhone 6 Plus offers the same storage configurations, but at higher price points: 16GB for $ 299, 64GB for $ 399 and 128GB for $ 499 (all prices are on a two-year contract). Pre-orders for both models will be available starting September 12.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will include iOS 8, Apple’s upcoming mobile operating system, which will launch for existing iPhone users on September 17. With iOS 8, users can expect a variety of new features, including Apple’s QuickType keyboard, new features in the Messages and Photos apps, an entirely new Health app and much more.

To start, QuickType features predictive typing, and becomes more personalized over time. The keyboard takes context into account, including the recipient of the message and which app is being used while typing. In doing so, the keyboard may suggest favorite phrases, for one, with this information being kept private and encrypted on the device, never being sent to the cloud. The system supports third-party keyboards for additional layouts and input methods.

Elsewhere, the Photos app allows users to automatically straighten horizons, and smart editing tools offer controls for adjusting light and color with a swipe. Users can change individual image characteristics as well, with tools for exposure, brightness, contrast, highlights, shadows and more. “Developers can tap into the same robust framework as the built-in Photos app using PhotoKit, and with extensibility APIs, can make their own filters and editing tools available to users within the Photos app,” Apple said in a statement.ios 8 650As for Messages, users can use “Tap to Talk” to share their voice. Users can send multiple photos and videos to their contacts at once, while group messaging will give users the ability to add or remove contacts from a group, along with new options for leaving a conversation entirely or toggling an option to not be disturbed. Finally, users can choose to share their current location within the Messages app, for periods lasting an hour, a day, or longer.

iOS 8’s new Health app gathers a user’s information from multiple health and fitness apps to provide a one-stop-shop for monitoring one’s current health in a single place. HealthKit APIs will give developers the option of making health and fitness apps communicate with one another. With the user’s permission, each app can pick and choose information from other apps to form a more comprehensive view of a user’s personal fitness. For instance, healthcare professionals can view the data patients choose to share through apps like Mayo Clinic.

Other iOS 8 features include family sharing, for sharing photos and calendars with others in a family group, for locating family members and their devices, and the ability to share “eligible” iTunes, iBooks or App Store purchases across each other’s accounts. iCloud Drive allows users to store and easily access any of their documents in the cloud, with any changes synced across devices. HomeKit connects to a user’s home accessories like lights and thermostats, interactive notifications will allow users to respond to notifications and prompts directly from their lock screen, and so on.apple Pay 650 2Finally, Apple Pay looks to revolutionize the way we make purchases online and in traditional retail stores. Available on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the secure platform turns an iPhone into a payment device, as users enter their credit and debit card information, and a unique Device Account Number is assigned and stored to the Secure Element within the iPhone or Apple Watch. When making a purchase in a real-world store, the phone’s NFC antenna, combined with the security of the Touch ID pad on the device, trigger the sale with Apple Pay creating a security code to validate each transaction securely. When making a purchase online, the process is similar, and revolves around the user’s Touch ID.

Apple’s retail locations will support such payments, alongside other major retailers, including Bloomingdale’s, Disney Store (and Walt Disney World Resort), Macy’s, McDonald’s, Sephora, Subway, Staples and many others.

iOS 8 will be available as a free software update, while new iCloud pricing will start at $ 0.99 per month for 20GB of storage. Plans increase from there, to a maximum of $ 19.99 per month for 1TB of storage.

(All images courtesy of Apple)


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AT&T announces plans to carry Moto 360

The Moto 360 may be met with availability issues right now, but we’re hoping that’ll all clear up soon – and when those problems get sorted out and the dust clears, there’ll be an additional retailer stocking the Moto 360: AT&T. The wireless carrier has revealed its plans today to carry the Android Wear-powered timepiece as an accessory.

AT&T joins a growing list of Motorola, Google Play, Best Buy, and Verizon Wireless as one of the places you can grab a Moto 360, but because of the supply/demand levels right now (presumably), we don’t yet have a date or a price for the version AT&T will have.

All the retailers so far have stuck to $ 249 for the standard leather band option, and $ 299 for the metal band (that’s coming later this year, and is currently unavailable), so we’re fairly sure AT&T will go with the same for its very own Moto 360.

If you’re interested in Moto 360 coverage, we’ve certainly got you covered there. You can check out our launch post, our post covering its specs, Adam Doud’s written first impressions, and then an unboxing and hands-on from Joe Levi. And there’s going to be no shortage of coverage of the device in the next few weeks as well, as our full review lands alongside comparisons with its toughest competitors.

Source: AT&T


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Motorola announces Moto X, Moto G, and Moto 360 pricing and availability

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Motorola on Friday announced the details, pricing, and availability for its Moto X, Moto G, and Moto 360 devices. Instead of worrying about X+1, X2, or any other silly names, we’re just getting the “new Moto X”. If you ask me that’s the best thing they could do. It works for the car industry and other tech products so why not a smartphone?

As the subjects of plenty of leaks and rumors over the last few months, we were glad to see these become official. Lets hop right into it!

Moto X and Moto G

The new Moto X builds on the flagship design introduced just over a year ago. Key improvements include the bigger 5.2-inch 1080p display, a 13-megapixel rear camera, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, and 2300mAh battery.

Instead of a plastic frame around the device we get an aluminum trim (sexy, I might add), and new case options. Motorola has updated its palette to include new shades of colors; various wood and leather options are also available for the rear. There are 10 points of accent customization this time around, including the speaker grill.

The Moto Maker experience is bolstered with new options such as starter designs, comparison tools, and a more realistic color.

In terms of software, the Moto X is all stock Android with very few added touches. The stuff that is included, however, is really impressive and should see us physically touching phones even less. Between Driver Mode, Meeting Mode, Motorola Assist, and the others, there’s plenty here to enhance the experience without pushing an agenda. Motorola Migrate gets a handy update to allow for transferring of contacts from non-smartphones, a plus for those baby boomers who have yet to make the jump.

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The new Moto G also steps things up on a number of fronts all the while retaining the same attractive price point. For your money you now get a 5-inch HD display, an 8-megapixel rear camera, microSD expansion card slot, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, and double speaker setup. Toss in some nice touches in the camera department and it’s easy to see why Motorola is so excited about the new Moto G. Fun fact: the first generation Moto G is the best-selling Motorola smartphone of all time.

Availability

The Moto X will be offered for $ 99 with a two-year service agreement via select carriers later this fall. Motorola will also sell an unlocked bootloader and unlocked SIM version for $ 499 through its website.

The new Moto G is available starting today unlocked and off-contract for $ 179.99 USD through motorola.com as well as via U.S. retailers. Moto G also goes on sale today in India, France, UK, Brazil, Spain, and on motorola.de in Germany. 

Moto 360

At long last we finally get to see the Motorola smartwatch find its way to retail stores. Available on Friday, September 5, the watch can be purchased in a choice of three leather bands. Pricing, as expected, is $ 250 for the device. Later this year there will be an option to buy the Moto 360 with metal wrist straps for $ 299.99. Those who buy the leather version can buy metal straps for $ 79.99 at that time; leather straps are $ 39.99 each.

Motorola Hint

Motorola also introduced a new, albeit clever, Bluetooth accessory for your ear. Taking up about as much space as a hearing aid, the Motorola Hint connects to your smart phone and allows for all of your normal A2DP functions. Pair it with a device that offers Motorola Voice Assist, such as the Moto X, and its even better.

Features include the ability to have messages read aloud, search Google Now, reply to messages and calls, and much more, all without touching your device. Battery life is rated at 3 hours of talk time but the carry case punches things up with an additional 7 hours worth of juice, too. This guy will be available in six color options on motorola.com and select retailers in the US for $ 149.99 later this fall.


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Dropbox announces 50GB of free cloud storage for new purchases of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4

50GB free for 2 years

Amongst all of the announcements today at the IFA event, Dropbox announced that it will offer free 50GB of storage space in the cloud to purchasers of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Since 2011, Dropbox and Samsung have partnered to give free storage, but now Dropbox is going to be further integrated into Samsung devices.

Users will now be able to automatically backup photos to Dropbox right out of the Samsung Gallery app. Similar to the gallery app, you’ll be able to save documents directly to Dropbox from the default mobile docs viewer or editor.

This offer is good for new users to Dropbox. If you already have an account with free storage you will not be able to extend your promotion.

Source – Dropbox


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LG announces G Watch R for Q4 ’14

LG on Wednesday announced the G Watch R, its round smartwatch powered by Google’s Android Wear. Made of stainless steel and a calf-skin strap, the G Watch R features a plastic 1.3-inch OLED display with a 320×320 pixel resolution. With an artisanal elegance, the LG G Watch R boasts a refined aesthetic that is reminiscent of traditional timepieces…. Read more »

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LG announces G Watch R for Q4 ’14

LG on Wednesday announced the G Watch R, its round smartwatch powered by Google’s Android Wear. Made of stainless steel and a calf-skin strap, the G Watch R features a plastic 1.3-inch OLED display with a 320×320 pixel resolution. With an artisanal elegance, the LG G Watch R boasts a refined aesthetic that is reminiscent of traditional timepieces…. Read more »

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LG announces pen-enabled G3 Stylus

LG’s had no lack of smartphones this year, releasing phones like the LG G3, G3 Beat, G3 Vista, and more in rapid succession throughout the year. As we draw closer to IFA 2014, the company is going official with some of the products it wants to show off there as well, as was evidenced by the unveiling of the LG G Watch R yesterday. Today, the LG G3 Stylus smartphone has been officially announced to further buff up the company’s impressive Android portfolio.

The G3 Stylus has a 5.5-inch qHD (quarter, not quad) display in a body designed similarly to LG’s other 2014 Androids – the design language is LG’s “Floating Arc.” The distinguishing feature of the G3 Stylus as opposed to the other LG phones is that there’s a Rubberdium stylus included in the package, which is “perfect for effortless jotting, doodling and sketching with precision.” There are also some pre-loaded productivity apps to make use of the stylus better.

LG’s Android skin is also present here in full capacity, with features like QuickMemo+, the Smart Keyboard, and Knock Code headlining.

Some of LG’s more premium specs are included in the device, such as a 13MP camera with proprietary UX features such as Touch & Shoot and Gesture Shot, and there’s a removable 3,000 mAh battery too. There’s a quad-core 1.3 GHz chipset, 8GB of ROM (with MicroSD expansion), 1GB of RAM, and Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

The phone will be rolled out in 3G markets, starting with Brazil in September. Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the CIS will see the phone at a later date. It’ll be initially available in Black, White, and Gold, and pricing details are unconfirmed at the moment. We’ll be going hands-on with the G3 Stylus at IFA in Berlin, so be sure to watch for that coverage.

Source: LG


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LG announces pen-enabled G3 Stylus

LG’s had no lack of smartphones this year, releasing phones like the LG G3, G3 Beat, G3 Vista, and more in rapid succession throughout the year. As we draw closer to IFA 2014, the company is going official with some of the products it wants to show off there as well, as was evidenced by the unveiling of the LG G Watch R yesterday. Today, the LG G3 Stylus smartphone has been officially announced to further buff up the company’s impressive Android portfolio.

The G3 Stylus has a 5.5-inch qHD (quarter, not quad) display in a body designed similarly to LG’s other 2014 Androids – the design language is LG’s “Floating Arc.” The distinguishing feature of the G3 Stylus as opposed to the other LG phones is that there’s a Rubberdium stylus included in the package, which is “perfect for effortless jotting, doodling and sketching with precision.” There are also some pre-loaded productivity apps to make use of the stylus better.

LG’s Android skin is also present here in full capacity, with features like QuickMemo+, the Smart Keyboard, and Knock Code headlining.

Some of LG’s more premium specs are included in the device, such as a 13MP camera with proprietary UX features such as Touch & Shoot and Gesture Shot, and there’s a removable 3,000 mAh battery too. There’s a quad-core 1.3 GHz chipset, 8GB of ROM (with MicroSD expansion), 1GB of RAM, and Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

The phone will be rolled out in 3G markets, starting with Brazil in September. Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the CIS will see the phone at a later date. It’ll be initially available in Black, White, and Gold, and pricing details are unconfirmed at the moment. We’ll be going hands-on with the G3 Stylus at IFA in Berlin, so be sure to watch for that coverage.

Source: LG


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LG announces pen-enabled G3 Stylus

LG’s had no lack of smartphones this year, releasing phones like the LG G3, G3 Beat, G3 Vista, and more in rapid succession throughout the year. As we draw closer to IFA 2014, the company is going official with some of the products it wants to show off there as well, as was evidenced by the unveiling of the LG G Watch R yesterday. Today, the LG G3 Stylus smartphone has been officially announced to further buff up the company’s impressive Android portfolio.

The G3 Stylus has a 5.5-inch qHD (quarter, not quad) display in a body designed similarly to LG’s other 2014 Androids – the design language is LG’s “Floating Arc.” The distinguishing feature of the G3 Stylus as opposed to the other LG phones is that there’s a Rubberdium stylus included in the package, which is “perfect for effortless jotting, doodling and sketching with precision.” There are also some pre-loaded productivity apps to make use of the stylus better.

LG’s Android skin is also present here in full capacity, with features like QuickMemo+, the Smart Keyboard, and Knock Code headlining.

Some of LG’s more premium specs are included in the device, such as a 13MP camera with proprietary UX features such as Touch & Shoot and Gesture Shot, and there’s a removable 3,000 mAh battery too. There’s a quad-core 1.3 GHz chipset, 8GB of ROM (with MicroSD expansion), 1GB of RAM, and Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

The phone will be rolled out in 3G markets, starting with Brazil in September. Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the CIS will see the phone at a later date. It’ll be initially available in Black, White, and Gold, and pricing details are unconfirmed at the moment. We’ll be going hands-on with the G3 Stylus at IFA in Berlin, so be sure to watch for that coverage.

Source: LG


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LG announces pen-enabled G3 Stylus

LG’s had no lack of smartphones this year, releasing phones like the LG G3, G3 Beat, G3 Vista, and more in rapid succession throughout the year. As we draw closer to IFA 2014, the company is going official with some of the products it wants to show off there as well, as was evidenced by the unveiling of the LG G Watch R yesterday. Today, the LG G3 Stylus smartphone has been officially announced to further buff up the company’s impressive Android portfolio.

The G3 Stylus has a 5.5-inch qHD (quarter, not quad) display in a body designed similarly to LG’s other 2014 Androids – the design language is LG’s “Floating Arc.” The distinguishing feature of the G3 Stylus as opposed to the other LG phones is that there’s a Rubberdium stylus included in the package, which is “perfect for effortless jotting, doodling and sketching with precision.” There are also some pre-loaded productivity apps to make use of the stylus better.

LG’s Android skin is also present here in full capacity, with features like QuickMemo+, the Smart Keyboard, and Knock Code headlining.

Some of LG’s more premium specs are included in the device, such as a 13MP camera with proprietary UX features such as Touch & Shoot and Gesture Shot, and there’s a removable 3,000 mAh battery too. There’s a quad-core 1.3 GHz chipset, 8GB of ROM (with MicroSD expansion), 1GB of RAM, and Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

The phone will be rolled out in 3G markets, starting with Brazil in September. Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the CIS will see the phone at a later date. It’ll be initially available in Black, White, and Gold, and pricing details are unconfirmed at the moment. We’ll be going hands-on with the G3 Stylus at IFA in Berlin, so be sure to watch for that coverage.

Source: LG


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