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It’s inevitable that once the iPhone 6 is announced on September 9th’s media event, it won’t be too long before we begin getting excited about what’s next with the iPhone 7. In fact, it often feels as though we’re constantly sitting in wait for the Next Big Thing once the novelty of the latest and greatest has worn off, and a rather humorous new comic documenting iPhone Fever completely hits the nail on the head.

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We have a large selection of paid apps going free for iOS, and to mark Labor Day in the United States today, many developers are currently running epic deals. Below, you can find the entire selection worth well over $20, so be sure to join us after the break!

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The iPhone 6 looks set to be announced by Apple next week, and it seems like every retailer and carrier is getting involved in hyping it up. O2, a major network operator in the United Kingdom, has joined in with the fanfare by posting a newspaper ad that refers to a secret, unannounced device, and although it could refer to a number of upcoming handsets, it’s clear that iPhone Fever is now gripping one of the UK’s foremost carriers.

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Although Sony’s PlayStation Vita has largely been forgotten thanks to the boom in smartphone and tablet gaming along with the PS4′s rise to prominence, the Japanese outfit behind the handheld is still working to improve the experience. Throughout many markets, particularly in Japan, the Vita remains at the fore of the gaming world, and with the Tokyo Game Show about to kick off, Sony has taken the wraps off a new feature that will allow PS4 users to beam gameplay directly to the Vita.

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Among the myriad of smartphones set to hit the scene over the next few days, we’re pretty eager to see what Motorola comes up with. The Moto X+1 – a step up form the Moto X – is hotly-anticipated after the success of the original, and now, we’ve an almost 5-minute video leak offering hands-on coverage of said device.

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These next couple of weeks are going to be particularly busy in the mobile world. Along with Apple’s now-confirmed iPhone 6 event on September 9th, there’s the small matter of IFA in Berlin, where a number of the industry’s foremost vendors will be taking the wraps off their newest products. But as we wait for Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 to hit the scene, Microsoft has already begun hyping a brand-new device of its own, and with the selfie craze still as popular as it’s ever been, the Lumia 730 looks to offer fans a device capable of taking decent, front-facing snaps.

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If you happen to be on a capped data plan, you’ll know all about using certain apps sparingly while monitoring roaming settings like a hawk. But while it’s seemingly obvious that a YouTube binge is going to quickly use up that precious quota, Apple’s iMessage is a comparatively silent culprit. After all, you can send images, videos, audio clips and text with relative ease, and unlike with WhatsApp and others, they’re not heavily compressed. If you want to keep abreast of iMessage’s data-usage habits, checking the amount of cellular MBs used is possible at stock level, and although the feature is a little obscure, you can easily access it with just a little bit of navigation.

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Although the vast majority of our iPhone 6-related reports have revealed details of the smaller, 4.7-inch variant, the 5.5-inch model – also dubbed as the iPhone 6L or iPhone Air – has also been leaked quite frequently over the past few weeks, and now, we have what appears to be a legitimate leak of the more sizeable iPhone’s rear shell. As with the lion’s share of iPhone 6 tidbits, there’s no way of verifying the leak’s authenticity, but given that it ticks all of the boxes in terms of form factor and general plausibility, it’s definitely worth checking out.

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 will be announced next week at Berlin’s IFA, and although we’ve already seen what the device looks like thanks to a number of reports and sightings, we’ve a new leak of the device in what appears to be some form of disguise. The Korean manufacturer often places its unannounced devices in strange housing prior to the big reveal, but although the boxy nature of the Note 4′s casing is clearly designed to throw the on-looking tech world off the scent, you can still make out the form factor of the impending phablet.

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Popcorn Time, a BitTorrent service / app that allows you to stream movies, was initially thought to be fraught with legal issues and general negative baggage, but having established a strong user base on Android, Mac, Windows and a number of popular platforms, an iOS version is now just days away from releasing as promised before. It’s not so much a case of Popcorn Time as iPhone Time, and what’s more, the app will be able to stream content directly to Google’s Chromecast as well as AirPlay devices like the Apple TV.

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Apple’s iPhone 6 is well on the way. Set to be announced at the Flint Center on Apple’s Cupertino campus in just 12 days’ time, we now know quite a bit about the forthcoming handset. For example, we’re aware that it will pack a vastly improved (albeit still dual-core) A8 processor and Near-Field Communication (or NFC) – something that Apple has stood back and allowed Android / Windows Phone vendors to indulge in unchallenged. A new leak today offers some high-quality snaps purported to depict the iPhone 6′s logic board, and therein, we get a glimpse of the new A8 SoC as well as the NFC component.

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The announcement yesterday that the iPhone 6 event would indeed be held on September 9th was preceded by numerous reports that the iWatch would also be making an appearance on the very same date. But while it was initially suggested that the company’s very first smartwatch would be released in October, it is now being reported that we’ll only be getting a mere preview of the device, and that it won’t, in fact, hit retail outlets until next year.

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The weekend is here, folks, and whether you’re looking to be productive or simply kick back and enjoy some of the exciting titles that the App Store has to offer, then, well… there’s an app (or game) for that! We’ve a nice assortment of usually paid content just gone free for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users, so join us after the jump for the full low-down.

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After Yo!, the one-word app that simply let you say “Yo!” to your buddies, another developer has come through with something equally simplistic. Emojli, as you might imagine, is an IM app that only permits you to send emojis. But given what we’re seeing on Twitter, Facebook et al on a daily basis, it would seem, for the most part, that instant messaging has already become an emoji-only experience.

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In the modern Digital Age, the primary IM services are WhatsApp, Kik Messenger, iMessage alongside a myriad of others boasting millions of users. But not so long ago, Microsoft’s MSN Messenger was the dominant force, but after the Windows maker acquired Skype for the tidy sum of $8.5 billion, things seemed to wane. Now, after 15 long years – the last few of which have been in relative obscurity – the software maker has finally decided to kill off MSN Messenger for good, which means users in China – which is the last place where Messenger lives – will have to say goodbye to Microsoft’s famed messaging service for good.

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Sapphire Glass. It sounds so lovely, doesn’t it? And for the past few months, it’s been used to talk-up the impending iPhone 6. But while Apple will no doubt wax poetic about this material upon the launch of its next-gen smartphone, the only way to tell if it’s more than just a gimmick is to see how it holds up against the current Gorilla Glass, and now, a video of the stress test that everyone’s been waiting on has emerged.

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For the most part, the purported design of the iPhone 6 has been lauded by commentators, but conversely, the antenna breaks to the rear side of the device have been labeled as ugly. Certainly, they’re not the most stylish of components, even if necessary to the overall running of the device, but a new leak of what is claimed to be a finished production model of the Space Gray iPhone 6 rear shell suggests that the lines mightn’t be as unsightly as some had feared.

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The guest accounts feature present on most desktop operating systems is key, for it allows users to share their devices and machines with friends or family whilst maintaining privacy. If you just wish to let somebody use the Web for a quick search, though, logging out of your own account and loading up the guest profile is a bit of a drawn-out process. A new Chrome beta released by Google makes it easier to share your Chrome browser with the aforementioned thanks to the introduction of guest mode, meaning that you can permit folk to surf the Web on your device without potentially revealing any of your data.

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Samsung has a humongous marketing budget. Time and again, we see the Korean company spend lavishly on strange, interesting, and simply grandiose PR campaigns, but when it isn’t renaming terminals at London’s Heathrow Airport, the Galaxy maker does occasionally keep things nice and simple. Given that the Apple iPad Air is a direct competitor to the Galaxy Tab S, Samsung thought it would be a good idea to take both to the streets of NYC and record the reactions of consumers asked to compare the two.

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As well as continuing work on its bread-and-butter services like Search, Maps and Android, Google is always looking to expand with intriguing, innovative advancements. Project Ara is one, Project Glass another, and with self-driving cars also in the works, the Big G has just showcased Project Wing. A drone-powered courier service, Project Wing appears to be a competitor to Amazon’s Prime Air, and the aircraft itself is lightweight, completely unmanned, and considered a cross between a helicopter and a plane.

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