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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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Just yesterday, we told you about Bill Gates and Tim Cook taking part in the Ice Bucket Challenge and dousing themselves in a bucket of ice cold water in the name of charity. A mere 24 hours later, ex-Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer, takes the plunge, joining a number of other tech executives in the Ice Bucket Challenge list.

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I personally feel that iPhone 6 leaks have become so numerous over the last couple of months that it might kill the excitement around the actual device to some extent when it’s officially launched in the coming weeks. Still, the leaks are not stopping – if anything, they seem to have increased in pace. And today, in a new set of leaked photos, the battery of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 has been revealed once again, and this time it has a capacity of 1,810mAh.

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Apple’s $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics and Beats Music wasn’t in vain at all. Earlier this week, the Cupertino tech giant started exposing first-time customers to Beats Music when they stepped into the App Store for the first time, and now, the company has included Beats Music app to the “Apps Made by Apple” list in the iTunes App Store, in order to guarantee not only just higher number of downloads for the app, but also cement its ownership of the company and its platform.

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Apple has posted a number of job listings for a future retail store in the United Arab Emirates. These listings are a strong, positive indicator that Apple might be making a move towards opening an official store in the UAE, which would make it the tech giant’s first official move into the Middle Eastern region.

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Have you noticed how some of the best stuff over at the iTunes App Store appears to be almost invariably paid? Not saying that good stuff doesn’t exist for free, but generally, chances are high that the well-polished, feature rich app that caught your heart will end up setting you back by a buck or two. The good thing, however, is the fact that you don’t have to always pay for the good stuff. In the App Store, apps keep going free from time to time – be it courtesy of the developers or other third parties – and should you be lucky enough to find those deals, you might end up saving a few hard-earned dollars. The even better news is, we keep hunting such apps gone free deals for you, and here are our finds for today.

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Google’s Android Wear is one of the next big things in the technology world, and the company is ensuring that you don’t miss out on that. The Mountain View company has just released a number of ads for the Android Wear (four, to be exact) that showcase how useful the new form of gadgets can be, and what cool features they have on offer.

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Windows Threshold, also known as Windows 9 (or at least that’s what we expect it to be called once it becomes publicly available), has been in the news quite often lately, and for good reason. It’s been long rumored that Windows Threshold will see a public preview release late this year, and now it seems that this would be as early as late September this year. Apparently, the software giant is hard at work to push the next iteration of Windows out its Threshold (pun intended).

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With the iPhone 6 launch just around the corner, leaks have definitely sped up, and we’ve had plenty of evidence for that during the last couple of months. A number of alleged parts for the upcoming iPhone models have surfaced around the Web, most of them falling in line with earlier reports regarding the iPhone 6 and iPhone Air (if that’s what they end up being called). Today, however, we have another leak that supposedly shows the new iPhone’s Lightning cable, with the highlight being a reversible USB connector.

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We’re merely weeks away now from the much anticipated iPhone 6 (or iPhone Air, depending on what Apple ends up calling it) launch event to be held in September, if rumors are to be believed. With the official unveiling this close, it’s certain that the devices have gone through all the stages of mass production and probably nearing the completion line any time soon. What this implies for the rest of the world is that a floodgate of leaks and rumors would have opened, and indeed, we saw our fair share of that over the course of last few weeks. Today, a fresh set of leaked photos has surfaced that shows close up views of the iPhone 6 front panel, the mute toggle and the power button, the former of which indicates a tapered edge design.

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Today in Germany, Microsoft had a lot to say about its all-in-one entertainment (not so much just gaming) console, the Xbox One, whereby the company announced a number of upcoming features for the platform, including software updates and patches, exclusive games and perhaps most importantly, three new bundles, each with its unique set of offerings. The bundles include a FIFA 15 one, another with Sunset Overdrive accompanied by a nice surprise, and finally, a Call of Duty version featuring a larger hard drive.

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Microsoft’s next major operating system release, set to be named Windows 9, might not be ready to hit the shelves until next year, but reports have already started surfacing with respect to what it will curtail. According to sources close to the matter, the next iteration of Windows will include Microsoft’s digital assistant, Cortana, embedded deeply within the operating system.

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