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One of the big highlights in iOS 8 – Apple’s shiny new interactive notification system – seems to have piqued the interest of quite a few large developers to make use of the new feature set. The latest joining the foray is Microsoft with its Skype offering. The Skype for iPhone app just received a major update making it iOS 8 compatible in general, and particularly making use of the new interactive notifications that Apple’s latest and greatest has on offer.

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Ready for your daily dose of freebies? If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know what I am talking about for sure. It’s time for our daily collection of best and premium iOS apps / games that have shed their price tags and are available for free. Our collection today includes five titles, with each one of them being worth a shot.

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The iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus are well and truly here, and judging by the long lines seen across the world today outside numerous stores, Apple has yet another hit on their hands. But there are still a few lingering questions regarding the device which are begging to be answered, and the one that tops our list is: is the T-Mobile iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus – available on the Apple Store – fully carrier unlocked?

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iOS 8 will finally drop for users the world over today, and according to those who have used the beta bits of it, the OS brings a completely refreshed user experience owing to the backend changes that Apple has implemented. The new and improved operating system for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad not only brings a plethora of features to play with, but also more APIs for developers to utilize in their offerings. One of the most significant amongst these is opening up the Touch ID API to the likes of 1Password, DashLane and LastPass, so that users can sign into websites even in Safari (or any browser of their choice) using the Touch ID sensor. 1Password has already demonstrated that its feature set works just fine during the beta builds of iOS 8, and now, the app is available for free for a limited time due to a glitch in Apple’s system. More details and download link can be found right after the jump.

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A couple of days back, we saw the new and improved Start Menu from Windows 9 in action thanks to a leaked video, and today, the same German source has provided us with another leak that shows the multiple desktops / virtual desktops in Windows 9, and they look pretty slick. More details and video can be found right after the break.

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It’s almost certain beyond doubt that any iPhone launch will see a massive success for the device, but could things go even better? With the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, it seems they have.

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So the rumors around the iPhone 6 proved to be largely true and the device was finally revealed in its full glory this past Tuesday. However, that nowhere means we can sit and rest, since new reports have started surfacing about another upcoming Apple product that has a good cause for excitement; a new, ultra-high definition (UHD) 27-inch monitor with a resolution of an astounding 5120 x 2880 pixels! The interesting part: the product might be coming as soon as the end of this year.

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We know this now with absolute certainty that Microsoft will indeed bring back the highly-coveted Start Menu in Windows 9 – codenamed Project Threshold – and will answer the hue and cry of a lot of long-time Windows users. There have been some recent leaks as well that pointed in the same direction and even showcased the new feature, but how exactly will it be implemented, for that we have a much better idea now.

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The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have been finally unveiled, and it’s pretty close to all the hype that built up around the device prior to its announcement thanks to a number of leaks that only increased as we approached the highly-anticipated date of September 9th. This was also the first time that an Apple device has leaked this extensively prior to its actual announcement. That also put a question mark on the actual unveiling itself; we weren’t sure if the Cupertino company will reveal both the normal iPhone 6 and the phablet version of the device, or just one, since earlier reports suggested that there were some problems with the production line. Turned out, the Cupertino tech giant revealed both, and now users have a duo to choose from.

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Apple’s media event is slated to happen this coming Tuesday, the 9th of September, and amongst other announcement, the company is definitely going to reveal the larger, 4.7-inch iPhone 6. Another rumor that’s been really strong with respect to the expected product unveilings is the iWatch – Apple’s first wearable that’s probably going to function as a smartwatch, among other things. However, the elusive “iWatch” announcement isn’t as certain as the iPhone 6. but one pointer today indicates that Apple might be inching in that direction. According to Reuters, Apple is also extending invites to “top fashion editors and bloggers” for its 9/9 media event.

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For all our dedicated readers, this post marks the culmination of our day when they get a chance to get a number of otherwise paid iPhone and iPad apps for free. Our findings on a daily basis range from utilities to tools to games and purely entertainment apps. Today, we have 6 such titles that you can download for free for a limited time.

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When Google acquired Motorola Mobility a couple of years back, we expected a lot of good to come from the deal, especially for the consumers. Over the course of time, we saw some of those expectations turn to reality as well, in the form of the Moto X and Moto G smartphones – devices that offered high-end specs in relatively low costs, with a pleasant experience overall. Today, we have another offering from the Chicago based company with the name of Moto X (2nd Gen.). Nope, it’s not the old Moto X; it’s the new Moto X for which Motorola has essentially decided to keep the naming convention same (or take a leaf out of Apple’s and HTC’s books).

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One of the issues that have plagued Facebook – the largest social network on the planet – since time immemorial is privacy, or rather, the lack thereof. The website has been the target of a lot of privacy related conspiracy theories as well, and even though Facebook has tried time and again to address privacy concerns, nothing has ever been enough.

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Despite various services out there that have become all the rage for video conferencing and VoIP calling, Skype remains the medium of choice for a large majority of users. And it makes sense, too; in my personal experience, short of FaceTime, nothing gives as good an experience as Skype. Today, the company has released an update for its iOS app that enables users to host group audio calls for free, right from their iPhones.

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Concept designs are a wonderful thing, and they always will be. Not only do they do good for our own imaginations, but often suggest creative ways of doing things to product manufacturers as well. That’s one of the primary reasons they get maximum exposure from tech blogosphere as well, and that makes certain concept artists really famous too.

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Mobile payments became all the more rage when NFC was first introduced with Android devices, since the technology offered possibilities for users to fully leverage not just Google Wallet, but mobile payments in general. A lot of consumer brands were quick to jump onto the bandwagon, but a lot of them held back as well, particularly in the U.S. One factor behind this could be the fact that the U.S. market is dominated by the iPhone, and the Cupertino tech giant has so far held back from adapting the NFC technology. That all is expected to change with the iPhone 6, which, in all likelihood, will feature an NFC chip manufactured by XNP. Now, McDonald’s joins the foray of companies that are implementing mobile payments across its outlets, indicated by an internal memo released today.

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Despite its massive popularity and usefulness, the one area where Reddit has always lacked is the number of official mobile apps that the company offers. That is beginning to change, however, starting with the service’s official Ask Me Anything (AMA) iOS app, which caters to the iPhone needs of the service’s most popular feature, Ask Me Anything.

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Microsoft has had a lot of learning opportunity from the successes and failures of Windows 8, and that was evident from some of the quick fixes that were introduced with Window 8.1, which was a mere incremental update over the existing operating system. Still, for those who had hue and cry over the stark difference that Windows 8 presented over Windows 7, Windows 8.1 at least made the system usable for them once again. However, any major changes that were expected from the Redmond company, won’t happen until Windows 9 (or Windows Threshold, as it is called right now).

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Apple’s new iPhone 6 announcement is barely a week away now, and the excitement around the upcoming media event is at an all time high. The Cupertino tech giant is not only expected to unveil the new 4.7-inch iPhone 6 flagship smartphone, but also unveil the wearable lineup that might (or might not) end up being called the iWatch. Along with these, we are expecting to see the public availability of the iOS 8, the OS X Yosemite, and hopefully a few other goodies as well.

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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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