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If you’ve been inundated with iMessage spam and don’t know how to combat it, there are a couple of different avenues you can explore in the battle against the apparently prevalent spamming.

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As consumers of mobile tech products, we’re often focused on features like resolution, camera capabilities and processors, but while strong tech. specs enable us to enjoy a better overall experience with apps and games, the technology at our disposal could also serve as guardians of our health and wellbeing. Given the smartwatch boom and the introduction of several fitness-related initiatives right from the top, we’re going to be seeing a lot more emphasis on this particular sector, and although the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S5 already include basic-level heart rate monitoring systems, a new $200 case can gather such intricate details that it’s able to diagnose a number of heart conditions.

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Foxconn has long since been Apple’s main ally in production of iOS devices, and with the iPhone 6 set to be announced in just a few weeks, Foxconn’s manufacturing plants must be swarming with evidence. Of course, as part of the agreement to prepare the smartphone for mass distribution, Foxconn is obligated to keep everything under wraps, but every now and again, something slips through the net. Today, we have what appear to be precise iPhone 6 measurements sourced directly from Foxconn, and although these details have been scattered around the blogosphere for quite some time, it’s nice to finally have something a little more concrete.

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According to a new report, Microsoft has “tentatively” outlined September 30th as the date of the Windows 9 press event. Codenamed “Threshold,” precious little is known of what the software giant actually plans to include, but below, we take a look at what we’ve gathered so far.

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We’re back once again with yet another list of great iPhone, iPad and iPod touch apps gone free. With a total saving of $25, it’s a great opportunity to stock up your iOS devices with some new apps and games, so join us after the fold for the download links.

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Apple has just rolled out a second public beta of OS X 10.10 Yosemite, delivering a number of tweaks over the initial beta. Apparently, though, it’s not too dissimilar to the latest developer preview recently released by the Cupertino tech company, and with a new build of iTunes 12 beta also doing the rounds, we’ll take a look at the intricate details after the fold.

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The Pangu jailbreak for iOS 7.1.x and up has proved a big hit among Cydia fans, successfully opening the door for the second time on iOS 7 after the initial heroics of the Evad3rs. Although the initial tool was a tad unrefined, the Pangu team has frequently updated the utility for a smoother, more secure jailbreak, and having recently rolled out Pangu 1.2.1 featuring bug fixes and AFC2, those already jailbroken can now reap the benefits of these enhancements directly from Cydia.

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Having trailed the iPhone 6 rumor mill for quite some time, we now have a fairly assured list of its specs and features. But as we close in on the September 9th announcement, plenty of on-off rumors still remain up in the air, and for the umpteenth time, a leak has indicated that Apple will offer a 128GB storage option.

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As mobile device owners, we’ve all been stuck in that annoying situation by which our need to play games, send emails and use apps outweighs the device’s battery capacity. We write checks that our overworked smartphones and tablets simply cannot cash, and as a result, the peripheral market makes a pretty penny from developing new, convenient ways to boost the retention. From simple charging cases to full-on battery packs, there are plenty of solutions available, but while many forgo appearance in favor of practicality, this neat new wrist-worn charger serves as an inconspicuous accessory when not in use.

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The iPhone 6 may be the hottest topic in tech circles right now, but even though the annual dose of iPhone Fever has taken a stronghold once more, we’ve also the small matter of the iPad refresh to contend with. Only yesterday, we heard that the next-gen iPad Air could double up on RAM to 2GB, with certain ‘pro’ features apparently set to arrive with iOS 8.1 early next year, and now, a new parts leak has presented us with a close-up look at some of the device’s internals.

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Whether you’re a fan of Apple’s products or not, the coverage pertaining to the so-called ‘iPhone 6′ is pretty much inescapable right now, and although we’ve heard a great deal about the 4.7-inch model of the Cupertino’s next smartphone, the more sizeable, 5.5-inch variant has been thrown out mainly as something of an afterthought. With the announcement now creeping up on us, though, we’ve had a few more tidbits of information just lately, and a new leak supposedly depicting the rear shell of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 offers a sense of perspective on how it may stand up against its smaller cousin.

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Although the smartphone world has continued to expand and improve over the past few years, it’s been a while since any company sought to change the game with something new and innovative. But while prominent display maker Sharp has, for the large part in recent times, stepped back and focused on developing and producing panels, its new AQUOS Crystal series boasts a bezel-free, frameless profile that not only maximizes display real estate in proportion to form factor, but as you’ll see below, is rather easy on the eye.

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Dong Nguyen, whose .GEARS Studio developed the famed Flappy Bird title for iOS and Android, has come through with a follow-up title that, on first play, seems every bit as tedious and frustrating as Nguyen’s smash-hit title. Rolling out for iOS and Android, Swing Copters is not so much tricky as infuriating, and given that Nguyen claimed to have pulled Flappy Bird due to the stress it was causing gamers, this new title looks set to raise heart and blood pressure levels all over again.

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Although the blogosphere is currently inundated with news of the next-gen iPhone 6, it’s also suspected that the iPad line-up will be in receipt of its customary refresh later on this year. Aside from the more obvious matter of the improved processor — both the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 are expected to adopt the all-new Apple 8 SoC — both of the fruit company’s flagship slates will also benefit from an improved Touch ID fingerprint sensor, in what is already stacking up as a fairly substantial hardware upgrade. Now, it has emerged that the larger of the two Apple slabs may be kitted out with 2GB of RAM, and given that the next-gen Retina mini is expected to remain at 1GB, it’ll help to give the larger, more prominent model the technical edge over its smaller cousin.

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Prompted into action by Google’s release of the Chromecast dongle last year, Apple has been on something of a mission to bring more content to its famed set-top. Sure, we haven’t seen any new hardware for a good couple of years now as far as Apple TV is concerned, but for those in ownership of the current-gen models, there are now dozens of channels and services to choose from. For sports fans, the introduction of NFL Now is likely to go down well, and if you don’t happen to own the Cupertino company’s little black box, you’ll be pleased to learn that Amazon Fire TV and Yahoo Screen should also reap the benefits of NFL Now over the next few weeks.

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The App Store is full of great apps, but even though we’re happy to pony up the cash for some of the very best experiences, it’s always nicer when they’re free. As usual, we’ve got a nice assortment of apps and games ready for you to download for your iOS device, so fire up the App Store app on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and join us after the break.

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Given the vast tool set brought to our fingertips by the modern-day smartphone, we often completely overlook the bread-and-butter features such as the ability to make calls and sending SMS messages. But while we have an abundance of utilities and services allowing us to stay connected with each other in ways we could only have dreamt about a few years ago, most of us still commonly engage in the same voice calls we were making long before the likes of Facebook and Skype took over our lives. As such, apps extending the basic phone feature remain abundant, and the app we’re featuring here today not only offers business-level call recording, but arrives complete with a number of great features.

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Apple’s next-generation iPhone is said to be just a few weeks shy of its official announcement, but even though the length of time between now and September 9th isn’t particularly extensive, it’s an age in blogosphere terms. If the purported date turns out to be true, then we’ll certainly see a few dozen more leaks as that key date approaches, and having seen a number of schematic drawings in recent times, a new sketch apparently details the protruding nature of the rear-facing camera component.

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Apple’s iconic retail stores are recognizable the world over, but despite the company having broadened its horizons significantly over the past few years, major cities and shopping malls across the world have yet to be graced with the presence of the famed, glass-clad outlets. Rumor has long since suggested that a very sizeable store would soon grace the United Arab Emirates, with reports also implying that it would be the biggest Apple Retail Store to date, and now, it seems as though Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates will soon play host to a vast Apple Store.

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Everybody likes a freebie, and on a daily basis, we strive to bring you the very best app deals for your iOS-running devices. Today, as ever, we’re back with another cluster of paid apps and games gone completely free, and below, you’ll find the download links.

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