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Here’s a complete step by step guide on how you can enable Dark Mode in OS X Yosemite for use in low light conditions.

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Android L finally got a proper name in the form of Lollipop, the latest addition to Google’s growing collection of sweets and desserts that signify Android – the open-source operating system for smartphones, tablets and wearables. With Android 5.0 Lollipop not only did Google introduce the gorgeous new Material Design UI – which, by the way, actually does wonders on the Android aesthetics front – but also a slew of new features. As with any major OS release, the biggest question with Android Lollipop also remains as to when you can get it on your device for actual use. Well, some reliable sources say that the Nexus 7 (both 2012 and 2013-Wi-Fi variants) and the Nexus 10 will be getting Android Lollipop as early as November 3rd this year.

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Apple’s today’s special event has been expected to carry a number of announcements, including those of the new iPad Air 2, the iPad mini 3, and all the changes and innovations to the Mac lineup. Then there have been announcements like updates to the iWork suite, availability of the iCloud Drive and the OS X Yosemite final version, among various others. Well, significant one among those concerned the public release of iOS 8.1 – the first major update to Apple’s iOS 8.

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Today’s special event hosted by Apple at its Cupertino headquarters saw quite a few updates to Apple’s device lineup, which includes the all new iPad Air 2, the iPad mini 3 (with Retina display), the gorgeous 5K iMac, and a number of software enhancements and announcements available either today, or promised just round the corner for next week. One small yet significant product announcement, that, for some, might have even gone unnoticed, was an update to the Mac mini. That’s correct; after all these years, Apple has finally announced an update to the square box computer that’s hardly any bigger than a set-top box for your PC yet rivals many competitive desktop PCs in power and features.

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Reddit’s popularity as a massively successful social network and information sharing platform is beyond question, and the service has only grown since the day it started. Even though Reddit isn’t a social network as Facebook and Twitter are, users addicted to /r are in millions, and they continue to grow by the day. The one area where Reddit seems to have struggled was its presence across mobile platforms, especially through the lack of quality mobile apps for iOS, Android, Windows Phone etc. Recently, we saw the executive team behind Reddit focusing on that area, with improved official apps, more focus on mobile customers etc. Today’s move is just that; one more step towards increasing Reddit’s mobile user base, and the company has aimed to achieve that by acquiring the popular iOS app Alien Blue.

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When Apple first introduced folders in iOS way back with the iOS 4 release, it was largely laughed at by Android fans for being flimsy and barely functional. They had good reason to do that, too; Android has had a much functional, not to mention useful, folder organization system since time immemorial, whereas iOS’ initial attempts were lousy and half-baked at best. In fact, there were so many lacking bits and pieces, and glitches, that one of them ended up serving a purpose that wasn’t originally intended; the ability to nest folders within folders. It appears that the same glitch has carried over all the way to iOS 8 as well, and using the same technique (which we’ll describe going forward for the uninitiated), you can nest folders within folders even in iOS 8 and iOS 8.0.2.

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iOS 8, which saw the light of day merely 10 days back, held so much promise for users in terms of new features and apps. Yet, the public release of the new iPhone and iPad software was plagued by bugs and issues all over. To that end, Apple had to push out iOS 8.0.1 in less than a week to fix some of the major challenges and bugs in the new software. However, iOS 8.0.1 turned out to be a tragic story of its own; the “fixed” update broke more than what it had patched. For most iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users, the update ended up breaking cellular service and Touch ID, effectively making their shiny new iPhones a smaller version of the iPad mini (with a beefed up hardware). Thus came iOS 8.0.2.

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A while back, when the world was made aware of the Heartbleed bug, there was hue and cry all over, mainly because the bug was discovered in a system that was widely used and implemented across the Internet. Today, a new threat has surfaced that’s perhaps bigger than Heartbleed. Labeled the Bash bug – or Shellshock – the new vulnerability affects almost all Linux and Unix based systems, as the vulnerability exists in the Bash command that’s widely implemented in Unix systems. The good news, at least for Mac OS X users, is that Apple is actively working to patch it and release a fix that can put users’ minds at ease.

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Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are barely out, and akin to the famous Antennagate that plagued the iPhone 4 when it was revealed, these two have sprouted a new debate over the “Bendgate” fiasco as it is being called. In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last few days, Bendgate essentially refers to the iPhone 6 Plus getting bent under pressure, or, in some cases, just by being kept in the pocket for extended periods of time.

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iOS 8 opened up the iPhone camera API to developers, allowing them to take full advantage of all of the power hidden inside the very capable shooter. Even though the native iOS Camera app is pretty barebones, the new APIs have allowed third-party app makers to get creative with the iPhone camera. So far, a few apps have sprung forth that claim to give you a higher degree of manual control over the iPhone camera, but none have been able to impress so far. Either they were plagued by inconvenient controls, smallish sliders, or an incomplete feature set. Enter Camera+, with its version 6 update that has just been released to the iTunes App Store. The famous camera replacement app has just received a massive makeover, going full manual, and we’ll tell you what the fuss is all about right after the break.

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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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