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The iPhone 6 mightn’t have been released or even announced as yet by Apple, but you wouldn’t know given the moves of some companies. As well as the usual assortment of fakes – some of which seem mightily similar to the purported form factor of the device itself – pre-orders are now being taken for the customary spate of 24k gold and platinum versions of the device.

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In spite of the fact that our smartphones are already capable of processing payments and unlocking doors, we’re still quite a way off ditching the traditional card and key from our still-lengthy list of pocket fodder. The Hilton Hotel chain, which already allows those staying to check in using their mobile devices, will soon permit guests to use them for purpose of entering and exiting a room during their stay, promoting the kind of seamlessness that already ought to be a feature at such a high-end chain.

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With Google having recently showcased Android Wear, a smartwatch specific flavor of its famed mobile operating system, it is widely presumed that Apple will follow suit and build its own competitor. Even though, earlier on this year, it was reckoned that Apple may drop the so-called iWatch alongside the iPhone 6, it has long since been suspected that the wearable would in fact be delayed until the holiday season, but in an interesting twist, it appears that the also-delayed 5.5-inch iPhone 6 may be joining it.

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Apple’s iPhone 6 is said to be headed to market late September, which makes sense given the past few release brackets, but whilst we’ve been treated to an abundance of coverage relating to the 4.7-inch variant, the more sizeable, 5.5-inch option has remained fairly elusive. This is, however, beginning to change, which suggests that the manufacturing process for the larger configuration is up and running, and to kick off what’ll no doubt amount another week of considerable iPhone 6-related leaks, the logic boards of the two different size options have been compared side-by-side.

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When we make the purchase of a new smartphone, or any mobile gadget for that matter, we take one or two things for granted. One aspect that we assume to be a given is that, above all, said device is safe to use, and will not cause any harm. Despite this, though, there have been several instances where folks have looked on as their beloved gizmos spontaneously combusted, and although you may be one of the man millions to sleep with your handset under your pillow, you mightn’t after witnessing the smoldering mess that one Galaxy S4 owner’s device was left in.

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When Microsoft took the wraps off Windows Phone 8.1 just a couple of months ago, many users rejoiced at the broad range of features that had been introduced. Everything that we expected of the announcement turned out to be true, but even though we really ought to be focusing our attentions on core features like, for example, the new notifications infrastructure, the Cortana voice assistant has commanded a large portion of attention. Just like when Apple introduced Siri, we don’t seem to be able to get enough of these personable, digital voice recognition features, and in a new ad to promote Windows Phone 8.1, the software giant has pitted the Lumia 635 and Cortana up against the iPhone 5s and Siri.

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The Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock for iPhone brought the pastime of logging sleep data and behavior to the mainstream, and having seen a bunch of apps and technologies emerge since then, companies and start-ups are now looking to up the ante. One group of individuals have dreamed up a very alluring, orb-like product that not only glows in the dark and looks amazing, but also does a pretty good job of monitoring you while you catch those all-important Zs.

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The deals just keep on coming for those rocking an iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and once again, we’re back with a handful of freebies for iOS device owners. There are five in all, but what this list may not have in quantity, it more than makes up for in quality. Check out each app, with original price and download link, right after the break.

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Earlier on last month, we caught a glimpse of Dance Party, an intriguing little game that allowed Apple TV users to enjoy the popular genre of motion-detected dance moves using their iPhones. It was an interesting concept that had never been attempted before, and having teased us with a trailer back when it was first announced in June, has just become available over at the App Store. Below, you’ll find the usual details as well as that all-important download link.

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It remains to be seen whether there’s a legitimate market for head-mounted, augmented reality devices, but as ever, Google is having a pretty good go at building a suitable device for this emerging space. The Explorer Edition of Google Glass has just spread its wings to the United Kingdom, opening the door to a wider roll-out in the run-up to the eventual consumer-end release, but while Glass is commanding the lion’s share of coverage, plenty of other companies are working on something similar. Lenovo, to whom the Big G recently sold Motorola, has a product on the go that looks almost identical, and having just taken the wraps off the unnamed HUD, also gave a very brief overview.

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The iPhone 6 leaks have been arriving thick and fast these past few weeks, with the manufacturing process now apparently in full swing. Today, we’re getting a look at what is claimed to be the upcoming Apple handset’s logic board, which offers details on the Wi-Fi hardware as well as clues on the NFC implementation.

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With the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, it was inevitable that a title for mobile devices would follow suit, and the accompanying game of the same name as the film has just hit the download channels for iOS and Android.

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Although our mobile devices seem to offer an endless list of great features and perks that, even some five or so years ago, we could only have dreamed about, there remains a great deal that our much-lauded smartphones and tablets simply aren’t capable of. Now thermal imaging isn’t something that consumers are necessarily crying out for, but as anybody else who played Splinter Cell will be able to vouch, having such abilities in real life would be pretty darned cool. Thanks to one company, iPhone users will soon be able to experience thermal imaging by attaching a contraption known as a FLIR, or forward-looking infra-red device, to the back, and on first glance, we’re certainly impressed.

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It’s the end of the week, and what better way to cap it off than with a bunch of apps just gone free over at the App Store? Below, we’ve a list of 8 in total, so fire up your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch device and let’s get up and running.

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Along with the many, many enjoyable new titles that manifest themselves over at the different app stores on a daily basis, developers have sought to appeal to nostalgic gamers with a series of remakes, spin-offs and ports of those older, yet still much-loved classics. The King of Fighters ’98 is one such title, and in case you hadn’t already guessed, has just been released for those rocking an iOS on an Android device. Details, as well as the information on where you can download the game, can be seen below.

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Android 4.4 harbors a neat little feature within its make-up that allows you to speed your device up in just a couple of small steps. It works for the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 and the brand new LG G3, as well as the Galaxy Note 3, Nexus 5 and essentially any other handset or tablet running on the latest major release of Google’s software. Below, we’ve got the step-by-step tutorial, so be sure to join us right after the fold for the low-down.

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We see all manner of video clips whereby some of our favorite gadgets are destroyed or otherwise irreparably harmed. Sometimes, there’s a practical reason for the destructive behavior, such as to test the robustness of a particular product in a given situation. However, it’s frequently the case that these coveted devices are trashed purely for entertainment, and the perverse pleasure of the on-looking tech world. Case in point, a new video demonstrating what happened when an iPhone 5s was run over by a train. Yes, you read that right – a train. Below, you can catch the video, and we’re pretty sure that you won’t want to miss this one.

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If you’re of the generation that used MSN Messenger through your teenage years, then you’ll no doubt be familiar with the various fanciful, often hideous emoticons and images that came as a standard part of the conversation. Nowadays, things have been tidied up somewhat when it comes to instant messaging, although numerous app makers have tried to revert us to the glory days of endless possibilities in this regard, and at a time when many of us have become a little tired by the overuse of emojis at seemingly every opportunity, one app lets you turn any image into a conversation prop.

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The manufacturing process of the iPhone 6, which, according to reports, has just begun, has enabled us to check out some key hardware components in respect to the upcoming Apple smartphone. The fact that such vital information pertaining to the device is now out in the public domain has also sparked a series of knockoffs, and while we’ve seen some pretty good ones so far, the fully-functional iPhone 6 clone you’ll see below is really quite something.

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With the iPhone being such an iconic product in popular culture as well as the tech industry, the talk show hosts regularly latch onto it. In fact, Jimmy Kimmel regularly sets about mocking those with less than a clue about what’s next out of Cupertino, and with the iPhone 6 well and truly on the horizon, fellow chat show host Conan O’Brien has taken a rather humorous swipe at the upcoming handset.

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