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The iPad Air 2 Bend Test [Video]

By | October 24th, 2014

Around this time last month, the tech. world was abuzz with reports that the iPhone 6 Plus was susceptible to accidental bending when placed in a pocket. Naturally, a furore ensued, with Apple fanboys and haters alike taking it in turns to exchange e-blows, but after a week or two of tit-for-tat, the whole “saga” died down. Still, with the original viral video having garnered a considerable number of views on YouTube, it’s no surprise that we’ve since been treated to several other bend tests relating to a number of other handsets, and with Apple’s iPad Air 2 having just been announced, it was only fitting that the new and improved slab was given the same treatment.

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The Bendgate saga, which, in hindsight, consisted of a number of small incidents that escalated out of proportion, certainly blemished the first couple of weeks of Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch. But while that particular episode appears to have blown over, another more serious issue seems to be cropping up. It pertains to the 128GB iPhone 6 Plus, with many units crashing continuously, often leaving users in an infinite reboot loop, and while Apple has been replacing a number of afflicted handsets, some owners are already on their fourth unit.

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With the new iPads almost ready for retail, prospective buyers along with current owners will be on the lookout for some new apps and games to fill their devices up with, and if you like modifying and tweaking your images, today’s featured offering has more features than you could wave a brush at.

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Apple’s acquisition of TestFlight has given a whole new dimension to pre-release features and apps, allowing interested parties to aid the process of development and improvement as an app is readied to go live. Now, Apple has opened up the TestFlight beta to everybody after a period of internal-only testing, so if you’ve been waiting to give it a whirl, now’s your chance.

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UPDATE: Team Pangu has released a tool to jailbreak iOS 8 to iOS 8.1 untethered on iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 5s, 5c, 5, 4s, all iPads, and iPod touch 5. You can read more about it all, along with jailbreaking instructions, download link and more for new jailbreak in our dedicated articles given below.

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Full list of compatible Cydia jailbreak tweaks and apps that are tested to work on iOS 8 to iOS 8.1 running on supported iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. The list is continuously updated.

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From Batman to American Psycho, it’s fair to say that actor Christian Bale has played some volatile characters over the years, and as rumored, will now assume the role of the genius that was Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. While not quite in the same league as those aforementioned characters, the late, great innovator was renowned for his big personality as well as knack for dreaming up era-defining products, and as such, Bale may have his work cut out in this biopic commissioned by Sony Pictures.

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We got the pleasant surprise of an untethered jailbreak for iOS 8 – 8.1, courtesy of Chinese jailbreak outfit Pangu. Getting it up and running has been a bit of a laborious task thus far, with the manual installation of Cydia necessary at this point in time, but that’s not the main limitation. Cydia Substrate, support framework for many major tweaks and apps such as WinterBoard, wasn’t immediately compatible with the newly-jailbroken iOS 8, but with Cydia author Jay Freeman aka Saurik having made the necessary fixes, Substrate has now been deemed ready for prime time.

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Olloclip’s premium clip-on lenses have long since extended the capabilities of smartphone cameras, particularly the rear-facing shooters of the Apple iPhones down the years. We’ve already heard the reviews of photography aficionados with regards to how good the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus snapper actually is, but while Apple has definitely made some big improvements in terms of both hardware and software this time around, there’s no doubt an Olloclip could take things to the next level. The start-up has continued to churn out these great, multi-functional lenses to offer such benefits as wide-angle and fish-eye shots, and now, the 4-in-1 for iPhone 6 is almost upon us.

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Here’s how you can manually install Cydia after iOS 8 – 8.1 Pangu8 jailbreak on iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 5s, 5c, 5, iPads and all other supported devices.

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The Pangu team has delivered an untethered iOS 8 – 8.1 jailbreak when we least expected it. Having surprised us with the impromptu jailbreak for iOS 7.1.x, the Chinese team has come through with another solution for the all-new iOS 8.x. As mentioned in our initial coverage, dubbed as Pangu8, it works with iOS 8.0 all the way through to the latest iOS 8.1, and below, we’ll be showing you how to jailbreak your device using the tool.

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Along with the Motorola-made Nexus 6 smartphone and the all-new Android 5.0 Lollipop software, Google also recently took the wraps off the Nexus 9 tablet, which Taiwanese company HTC was tasked with building. Based on the images and specs, the new slate certainly looks promising, and now, we’ve a hands-on clip to ogle at.

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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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