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In the run-up to the announcement of the iPad Air 2, many were touting it as a powerhouse, and although Apple made a bit of a song and dance of its speed at last week’s event, the Geekbench results now back up these claims. As the title suggests, the A8X is a triple-core configuration clocked at 1.5GHz, and as well as that, Apple has also bundled in 2GB of RAM.

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With iOS 8.1 finally bringing Apple Pay to supported devices, both Apple and a large number of retailers are scrambling to get deals done and ensure that compliance with the secure, contactless new system is as fluid and seamless as possible. With many thousands of outlets already kitted out with NFC systems that will happily process payments via Apple Pay, there’s already a solid foundation for contactless to prosper, but if you’re perhaps wondering whether your credit or debit card is ready for Apple Pay, the chart below breaks everything down nice and simply.

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Microsoft first announced Windows 10, the next major release of its iconic desktop and mobile software, some three weeks ago at a special event, and, as promised, swiftly rolled out the so-called Technical Preview. Unlike past alpha, beta, and generally unfinished builds, the Technical Preview was made available to anybody interested in checking it out, although came with the usual dose of warnings about the general bugs and instability that is part and parcel of any piece of software that is still in development. Now, a new build has just hit the download channels, and whether you’re already on board with the Tech. Preview or simply intrigued by what Microsoft has been doing, we’ve got the ins and outs right after the fold.

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NFC payment systems have been around for a while, but with Apple Pay having just enabled iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users to process transactions in a seamless fashion, the wider retail industry has been making the necessary preparations. But while many outlets are working on bringing NFC to the fore, it’s worth pointing out that Apple Pay already works with many pre-existing, open NFC terminals, and thus, you can already use NFC and Touch ID on iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to make payments. The app we’ve featured below will help you to source those places that support NFC payments, and if even for no other reason than to test out the new system, be sure to catch the details after the fold.

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The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have both now launched in China, and while Apple always assumed that the smaller model would be more popular than the phablet, the Chinese market has certainly taken to the 6 Plus. Reservation and pre-order figures appeared to confirm as much in the run-up to the release last week, and now, Apple is looking to make a concerted push to produce more iPhone 6 Plus units to cope with the overwhelming demand.

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Call of Duty : Advanced Warfare will be the next major installment of the popular first-person shooter when it arrives next month, and already, we have what appears to be a launch trailer. It’s somewhat unusual for these kind of clips to hit the blogosphere a full fortnight ahead of release, but if you’re waiting on tenterhooks for Activision’s next blockbuster, check out the latest teaser below.

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Thanks to iOS 8.1, Apple Pay is now ready for prime time use, and although many retailers are still readying the hardware in preparation for NFC-based payments, many outlets have already fitted these terminals in advance of the software update. One of Apple’s partners for the new initiative is McDonald’s, purveyor of burgers in buns among other delicacies, and if you’re wondering how an Apple Pay transaction might play out at the renowned fast food chain, then the clip below will give you an idea.

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Apple has just revealed the details of its quarterly earnings for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2014, which covers the three months leading up to September 27th. Bolstered by strong early iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sales, the figures make for impressive reading, particularly for those with a stake in the company, and with both profits and revenue up on this time last year, things are shaping up very nicely ahead of exciting new products like the Apple Watch.

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One of the major announcements at last month’s Apple event – aside from the introduction of two new smartphones and the company’s inaugural smartwatch effort – was that of Apple Pay, a contactless, NFC-driven system that would allow iOS 8 users to seamlessly pay for goods at a wide selection of outlets. As excited as we were about this significant new initiative, Apple did make it clear at the time that Apple Pay wouldn’t be hitting the scene until this month. With iOS 8.1 now upon us, we’re likely to witness a rapid, concerted effort to support the new infrastructure, and this has begun quite close to home today with an update to the Apple Store app.

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So, iOS 8 is out, and many are looking to jailbreak iOS 8, iOS 8.0.2, iOS 8.1 already on their iPhones, iPads and iPod touches. Below, we look at the current state of play in an attempt to assess when one might come about.

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This is just in. iOS 8.1 download links are now live by Apple. The roll-out of iOS 8.1 has been on the cards for a while now, and although the central feature of the new release has long been considered as Apple Pay, this rather significant update has plenty of other enhancements besides. Now, after a few weeks wait, it’s been primed and ready for download, and as well as direct firmware links for every single iOS 8.1-ready device, you’ll also find all of the relevant details after the leap.

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Here’s how to setup and use multi-user accounts in the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop for smartphones, complete with step by step guide.

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The wait is over. You can now download Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite final for your Mac right now. Apple’s OS X 10.10 Yosemite was announced all the way back at this year’s WWDC event in June, and since then, we’ve followed its progress continually as it has sauntered through the Developer Previews and Public Betas. Recently, it reached Golden Master status, and with a couple of further GMs having subsequently rolled out as the Cupertino applied the finishing touches, Yosemite is finally ready for the masses. The FINAL release is now upon us, and we’ve all the details of how you can get hold of it right here.

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As expected, Apple has just taken the wraps off the iPad mini 3, and whilst the smaller of Apple’s tablets hasn’t been given all that much attention during the build-up to today’s events, we can now sit back and assess some of the many new features that have been bundled into this refresh. There is, as also suspected, a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and with a number of other quirks to be enjoyed, we’ve got the full run-down after the leap.

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The second-generation iPad Air, which is now the sixth 9.7-inch slate that Apple has brought to the fore, has finally been unveiled, and as well as Touch ID, the faster processor and all of the other bells and whistles that we’ve long presumed would be present, there are a few surprises thrown in for good measure. Full details can be seen below.

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Social media, particularly the likes of Twitter and Facebook, have become essential figures in modern media and communication, and although discussions on numerous topics occur at all times, major disasters prompt a notable spike in overall activity. The problem is that while disorganized, free-for-all chatter is fine in most instances, it simply doesn’t resonate with the general panic that coincides with catastrophe, and so to help bring an element of formality to proceedings, Facebook has added a novel feature that allows users of the network to log their “safety status” when caught up in a potentially hostile, dangerous, or even life-threatening scenario.

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There’s a famous little spot outside the Android Team’s headquarters that hosts the various statues of Android mascots through the generations. To mark the unveiling of Android 5.0 Lollipop, the mascot is back once again and grinning from ear to ear, which isn’t surprising given that he’s holding a lollipop larger than his body.

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Alongside the as-expected Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Android Lollipop 5.0, Google has also showcased Nexus Player, a new set-top box that doubles up as a console allowing players to get their game on with the hundreds of thousands of titles available over at the Play Store.

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It’s been a busy day today as far as Google is concerned, and alongside the all-new Nexus 6, the Mountain View outfit has drafted in the services of Taiwan-based HTC for its next major tablet. With the Motorola-made Nexus 6 set to be the first handset running on Android Lollipop right from the get-go, the Nexus 9 will follow suit for the larger occupants of the mobile world, and given that it’s made by HTC – designer of some highly-regarded smartphones over the past couple of years as you may recall – we’ve been very intrigued to take the wraps off this particular slate. Now, Google has put paid to the rumors, offering glimpses of the tablet as well those all-important specs, and here, we dig through them all to see if it has justified the hoopla.

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Numerous leaks of the Motorola-made Nexus 6 in the run-up to today’s official announcement have pointed to a device almost identical to the new Moto X but with a larger display. In essence, that’s exactly what we’ve been treated to today by the search giant, whose exciting new phablet is said to be designed for the all new Android Lollipop, and we’ve got all of the key details and information right here.

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