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The iPhone camera is the most popular camera on the planet as of now, and it’s not just something that cannot be backed up by facts; Flickr statistics clearly support this notion. It makes sense, too – when the original iPhone was launched back in 2007, the image quality was far superior to the competition despite being a fixed-focus, measly 2 megapixel shooter. Now we’re close to the iPhone 6’s launch, and the current flagship, the iPhone 5s, has a camera that’s come a long way since. It produces really good images, and it’s always with you in your pocket, making it camera of choice.

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While fragmentation is one of the biggest issues plaguing the Android ecosystem, it has also been one of the most beneficial aspects of the operating system, since it has allowed a number of OEMs to have their own builds of Android onto numerous smartphones, resulting in Google’s mobile OS becoming the largest market share holder in terms of usage. While OEM builds are the more popular ones out there, there are branches like CyanogenMod as well that have, over the years, built up a devoted fan base and massive developer community that continues to contribute to Cyanogen’s growth and development. And now, things might be headed in an even better direction for CM, as the team behind Cyanogen Inc. has met with Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella.

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It’s become official now that the new iPhone 6 is finally coming on September 9th – something that has been in the rumors for quite some time now. However, it’s absolutely certain now and has been certain even before, that no one would be getting even a sneak peak at the actual device until whatever it date it gets for the official unveiling. That never discouraged people from speculating what the device can look like through concept designs, and now, a luxury retailer has put together a bootable prototype of the iPhone 6 through several leaked parts. Yup, it does boot!

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Our hunt for free apps for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad on a daily basis has become probably our most popular and sought after regular feature, which is affirmed by the fact that this particular issue generates maximum reader response. This love from our regular readers encourages us further to look for even better deals on a daily basis, and ensure that you never pay a dime for something that you get totally free, and legally. That’s why our picks for today amount to a good $36 saved should you hurry and grab them right away.

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I’ll give you a hint before getting to the actual topic – it’s about the upcoming iPhone 6. Well, you guessed it correctly; it’s another leak related to the new device. This one reveals the iPhone 6’s speaker assembly, and shows how different or similar it is to the current flagship, iPhone 5s.

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There’ve been reports around for quite some time that Apple might be playing around with the idea of bringing a larger iPad to the consumers, which might end up being called the ‘iPad Pro,’ and today, Bloomberg also seems to have joined the ranks of sources that believe that the Cupertino tech giant might actually be preparing to unveil a larger, 12.9-inch iPad in the spring of 2015.

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Google’s unique nomenclature for its Android operating system has always been something of interest to even the most staunch opponents of the platform. The Mountain View company opted for an unprecedented culture of naming Android versions after various desserts from around the globe, and so far, we’ve seen the likes of Éclair, Froyo, Jelly Bean, and KitKat, to name a few. The next iteration might be just around the corner, and it’s the time for the letter L, and Android L is what Google has been using in all its references to the next Android version as well. Today, however, new evidence points towards L standing for Lemon Meringue Pie.

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I love Easter Eggs, and no, not the real ones – the ones that software developers and tech companies hide inside their products for us to find, revealing little tidbits that don’t add anything to the functionality of the device at all, but make using it all the more fun. Google’s been doing it for quite a while; game developers do it even more frequently. Today, we’ve stumbled across an Easter egg hidden inside our very own Mac, and it’s very very simple to reveal.

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The concept of personal assistants has been around for a long, long time, and they indeed make one’s job a lot easier by sharing a hefty amount of your workload, maintaining schedules, prioritizing stuff, keeping track of projects and whatnot. With advancements in technology, a lot of that responsibility has shifted to our smartphones, further supported by the fact that not everyone can afford (or is entitled to) a personal assistant. Apple took the concept to the virtual world with its implementation of Siri, followed closely by Google Now and now, Microsoft’s Cortana for Windows Phone, with the latter being the highlight these days.

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Just yesterday, Samsung took a clever jab at not just one of its competitors, but three of them at the same time, by unveiling a video on its YouTube channel showing the Korean flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S5, taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and nominating Apple iPhone 5s, the HTC One M8 and the Nokia Lumia 930 to do the same. It appears that two of the nominees – namely, HTC One M8 and Lumia 930 – have taken up the challenge and took a dip in ice cold water.

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Google’s Chromecast saw a level of success that’s not easily achievable for any gadget. The device still holds a listing at the top of Amazon’s best seller in electronics, and rightly so – the low costing streaming dongle has a wonderful feature set to offer at a highly attractive price tag. There hasn’t been any direct competitor to the Chromecast yet, but it appears that Microsoft finally might be upping its game. The software company might be entering the arena with a similar device aimed at users of the Windows ecosystem, according to some recent FCC filings.

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It appears that the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is all the rage these days, with not only the rest of the world taking part in their own willful dunking, but big names in the tech industry in particular. Our interest, being a tech news outlet, of course, extends more to the latter, and we always have a keen eye out for more and more top tier people taking the challenge. The latest participant, although most definitely top tier, is not a person – it’s Samsung’s Galaxy S5 flagship smartphone.

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We have had more than enough reasons to believe that the new iPhone 6 will come next month; specifically, on September 9th in a media event. All the evidence right now points in that direction, and if we were to take any hint from what Walmart has done today, it’s all but confirmed. The retail giant has announced temporary price cuts to both the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c models, offering the former at $79 and the iPhone 5c for an astounding, not to mention highly lucrative, $0.97.

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I’ve said a few times earlier as well that it matters a lot when tech companies attempt to resolve minor annoyances for consumers, and Samsung has today made an announcement to just do that. The Korean tech giant has unveiled a new charging cable today that can power up to 3 devices at once, thanks to its three pronged tail end. Details past the jump.

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It’s not new that developers would dissect the beta builds of an upcoming iOS version to unearth some information about potential hardware changes, especially if the developer build seeded would precede a major hardware refresh (which basically means other than the “s” iterations of the iPhone). Today, some new information has been uncovered about the display resolution of the upcoming iPhone 6 by looking at the iOS 8 SDK, which puts the resolution at 414 x 736 resolution.

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If you have an iPhone, iPod touch or an iPad, then you more than likely browse the iTunes App Store few times a day in search of good apps to download. One thing that you might come across quite frequently, is that mostly, the apps featured by Apple or listed in new and noteworthy are generally paid, setting you back a buck or two. Well, since these paid apps keep going free from time to time, you can count on us to hunt down the best deals for you for all iOS devices in our daily feature like this one.

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A few days back, we told you reports (read: leaked information) of a claim that Apple’s new iPhone 6 will ship with a reversible Lightning cable, in that the cable will be pluggable into a USB port either way up. At that time, it was uncertain whether the cables will actually come with the upcoming iPhone or a later iteration. Today, a number of images for the new Lightning cable retail boxes have been leaked that show that the new Lightning cable might be closer than it earlier seemed.

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Another day and another leak related to the upcoming iPhone 6; it seems it’s pretty much raining leaked information related to the purported device these days. Today’s leaks basically comprises of an alleged schematic of the new device that shows the iPhone 6 to be featuring a 1GB RAM chip instead of a larger module, putting it at par with the iPhone 5, iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c.

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It’s time for one of our regular features, where we find the best deals in iPhone, iPod touch and iPad apps across the iTunes App Store that are otherwise paid but have gone free for a limited time. Our collection this weekend is focused more towards games and entertainment titles, coupled with a few educational ones. Head past the break to see what you can score without spending a dime today for your iOS device.

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BlackBerry might have been a slowly fading away giant lately, but the company recently announced that it had one last trick up its sleeve that could become the game changer for the once smartphone-making king. That killer device, which we recently found out to be BlackBerry Passport, has just been accidently leaked in a video courtesy of Carphone Warehouse.

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