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Having spent months tracking the progress of the iPhone 6 on pure speculation alone, the apparent commencement of the manufacturing process has enabled us to check out some real leaks of the device’s hardware. From the umpteen outer shell leaks to the showcasing of several internal components, the pile of solid evidence has been piling up almost by the hour, and adding to this sizeable load, we now have some high-quality shots of the Touch ID sensor, SIM trays, and a few other bits and pieces.

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Apple’s iPhone 6 has been the hottest topic in tech circles by some margin this year, and although we’ve long since suspected that it’ll arrive in September following an announcement earlier that month, a new report backed by reliable sources seems to further corroborate this notion.

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Although the practice of taking selfies – as well as the word “selfie” – have been knocking about for quite a while now, it’s only fairly recently that popular culture has adopted it. As with any craze sweeping the digital world, app developers have sought to capitalize on the heightened interest in the selfie by developing an abundance of apps for this very purpose, and although many are rather gimmicky and scarcely enhance the functionality of the front-facing shooter, a new iPad offering looks to buck this trend.

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Apple regularly rolls out freebies across its range of content stores, and in an apparent attempt to promote iTunes First Play, an upcoming album by a very popular artist is already available to stream for free.

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Those looking to catch an early glimpse of OS X 10.10 Yosemite, the next major installment of Apple’s desktop and notebook operating system, have been able to check out some of the changes by means of the Developer Preview releases. Since WWDC, the Developer Previews have enabled registered devs to test the new software for bugs, compatibility and new features, but even in the run-up to this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, we knew that Apple would be allowing anybody with an Apple ID to try out Yosemite before the end user release this fall. The OS X Beta Seed program, which Apple introduced to allow ordinary folk to get a flavor of what’s next, is about to come into effect thanks to the first Yosemite beta, which will land tomorrow.

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Microsoft made a lot of changes with Windows 8, and a large portion of its user base did not agree with, well.. a large portion of them. But as the world begins to settle down and adjust to the predominantly tiled appearance of the user interface, one element that many desktop users have never gotten over is the Start menu, or lack of it, and the post-BUILD news that it would be making a dramatic return was met with a collective sigh of relief. Now, some new ‘Windows 9′ screenshots have emerged, and as well as offering an insight into what’s from the software giant’s flagship OS, also gives us another look at that Start menu we all love so well.

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Apple prides itself on the security of its iOS mobile operating system, and aside from the occasional hiccup that besets all software at one point or another, this tends to be the case. However, one jailbreak expert has done some serious digging into the guts of iOS and discovered that while the software is pretty safe from the continued threat of hacks and attacks from malware makers, there are certain loopholes within the iOS make-up that make it potentially easy for Apple and government agencies to covertly get hold of your personal data.

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It’s been a busy day for software-in-progress over at Apple today, and as well as rolling out OS X Yosemite 10.10 Developer Preview 4 and iOS 8 Beta 4, the Cupertino giant has also made iTunes 12 Beta available as part of Yosemite. As well as some serious design tweaks, there are also quite a few new features packed into this release, and as ever, you can check the details – as well as some first-hand screenshots – right here.

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The MacBook range is iconic for a number of reasons, but the most differentiator between an Apple-made notebook and that of a rivaling brand is the famous, glowing logo on the rear of the case. For quite a while, iOS device users have wondered if something similar would ever grace the likes of the iPhone or iPad, and with the rumor mill currently awash with reports regarding the next-gen Apple smartphone, a new leak suggests that we may finally be getting our wish of an backlit logo with the iPhone 6.

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Apple has just seeded the fourth developer preview of OS X 10.10 Yosemite for those subbed to its Mac Developer Program, and therein, you’re likely to find general performance enhancements and bug fixes along with a shiny new release of iTunes 12 beta. Details, can be found after the break.

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Apple has just rolled out download links for iOS 8 Beta firmware, and as well as adding one or two new features, there’s the customary dose of bug fixes and general performance enhancements. Details, as ever, can be found after the break!

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Concepts are a double-edged sword in that while they often dazzle, leaving us wishing that they were real, it’s often the case that these products are unrealistic, infeasible, or simply impossible to create in the real world. With the smartwatch market currently experiencing something of a boom, we’ve seen a fair few wondrous concepts in this department already, yet the new, innovative design you see before you is not only extremely creative in beaming notifications using its projector, but it’s also something that you can, quite literally, get your hands on.

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Following the BUILD developers conference a few months back, Microsoft subsequently rolled out the minor-yet-eagerly-awaited Windows 8.1 Update 1. Therein, we found quite a few tweaks and performance enhancements as a part of the software giant’s mission to appease those running traditional PC rigs, and according to a new report, Update 2 is almost ready, and will arrive in three weeks’ time.

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Even though Apple is thought to have several hardware products for release this year, the next-gen iPhone is naturally hogging the spotlight. We’ve been tracking its progress for several months now, hunting for any clues or evidence regarding features, pricing and availability. But with the manufacturing process now said to be in full flow and leaks appearing on a daily basis, it’s quit hard to keep track of everything, but thanks to the infographic you see below, you can get yourself up to date in a matter of just a couple of minutes.

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Google has just released a port of its Analytics app for those on Apple’s iOS, packing in most of the features currently found in the pre-existing Android version. Having launched a couple of new apps for iOS during the past week including YouTube Creator Studio and AdWords Express, the release of Google Analytics seemed inevitable, and just a few days after those apps manifested over at the App Store, here it is. Full details, as well as the download link, can be seen below.

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Digital music began its life as a pay-per-song enterprise that, over time, has become dominated by the streamers like Spotify, which let you enjoy unlimited access for a flat monthly fee. Amazon, which has been selling eBooks one-by-one to bookworms for quite a while, has finally switched to a more contemporary system in line with what consumers expect of digital content services, and those tethered to the new $9.99 subscription package will be able to read all the books they can handle for the same fixed rate per month.

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Facebook has been forthright in its assault on the mobile market, launching a series of apps dedicated to making the social networking experience a more functional and interactional one. Today, the Menlo Park firm has taken the wraps off Mentions, a new app built specifically for those of celebrity status, and so while you’re probably not going to find much use in it on a personal level, we’re sure you’ll want the low-down on how it works. Thus, we’ve got all of the details right here.

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We like to keep you guys updated with the latest and most useful deals, and we’re back once again with another handful of apps for your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. By now, you’ll be more than aware of how the routine works, so join us after the break for the details, descriptions and direct download links.

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George Hotz, the famed iPhone jailbreaker and Android, PS3 hacker, has just joined Google’s Project Zero team of hackers. Better known as Geohot, he was the guy who successfully jailbroke first iPhone. He was also the first to jailbreak PlayStation 3 which landed him with a lawsuit from the Japanese outfit, and for responding with a rather hilarious rant / rap aimed at his accusers, he will forever go down in Internet folklore.

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Off the back of Apple’s deal with IBM to further the presence of products like the iPhone and iPad in enterprise environments, Apple CEO Tim Cook has suggested that he completes around four-fifths, or 80 percent of his work using only the company’s famed iPad tablet. In addition, he’s also of the opinion that everybody should be able to do likewise, and with laptops still comfortably outnumbering tablets in the business world, hopes that Apple and IBM’s new-found allegiance can help to tip the balance.

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