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MacBook cases come in all shapes and sizes, although given Apple’s dogged efforts to downsize and de-bulk its famed notebook these past few years, it’s fair to say that the majority of those successful and selling well do so because they preserve the Cupertino’s ethos for compact, slick design. But while barely-there covers and shells are great for saving space and keeping dust and scratches at bay without adding too much to the overall load, I’d be willing to go out on a limb and say that none can match today’s featured MacBook case for sheer geek-delight.

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Even though the likes of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One – particularly given their relative infancy – can churn out a pretty high-end, graphically-intensive gaming experience, there’ll never be a true replacement for nostalgia. When we go back and wipe the dust off the SNES, Dreamcast or N64, for example, we’re not looking to be wowed by stunning visuals, but taken on a trip down Memory Lane as we relive the retro classics. Easily the simplest and cheapest way of reigniting these old flames is to use some kind of emulation software as opposed to, say, setting up an old rig, and thanks to the work of one dev, you can enjoy Super Mario 64 from right within your browser.

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You can now download MovieBox 3.3 app for iPhone, iPad with support for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. More details on the update can be found here.

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When Apple first announced the Apple Watch back in September of last year, it didn’t shy away from the fact that a paired iPhone would be required to make good use of it. However, following the second launch announcement at the Spring Forward media event earlier this month, it has become apparent that the wearable will offer a decent amount of functionality without needing to call upon a connected iPhone, and in good news for fitness fanatics, the device can accurately track your workout data irrespective of whether you’re carrying your handset or not.

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Apple is not unfamiliar with the process of receiving accolades, and after a year of breaking records and hitting targets through 2014, is very well-placed to exceed expectation this year as well. While there are plenty of components keeping the Apple gravy train in motion – from design guru Jony Ive right down to the Genius Bar staff at the company’s retail outlets – CEO Tim Cook is the head honcho; the leader of the operation. He’s seen as one of the world’s most influential figures, not just in technology, but in numerous fields such as equality of opportunity and philanthropy, and today, has been recognized as the world’s greatest leader.

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Apple has just pushed the fourth beta of iOS 8.3, and although most of its features have already been outlined through earlier betas, the Cupertino company has made a couple of notable tweaks this time around. A new hands-on walkthrough offers a good look at what’s new, and gives more than a glimpse of what iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users can expect when the new software is pushed to the end user at some point soon.

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iOS 8.2 jailbreak for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch could release at TaiG Jailbreak team’s Mobile Security Summit. More details on this information can be found here.

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Facebook has long been expanding its Messenger service to better compete with the numerous clients crowding the instant-messaging market, and despite the acquisition of WhatsApp, the advancement of Facebook Messenger is undeterred. Today, the Menlo Park firm has made a huge statement of its dedication to improving the Facebook Messenger app by introducing third-party add-ons, allowing developers to create apps that will supplement and improve the experience of using Messenger as a whole. Full details below.

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Apple Watch, as most of you will know by now, is set for release on April 24th, but Apple will begin stocking retail stores with demo units two weeks in advance of that date. The idea is to help consumers familiarize themselves with what is a brand-new product category, and while you don’t need an appointment to check it out before it goes on general sale, it is something that Apple recommends doing to ensure a decent amount of unhindered, one-on-one time with the device. Before now, it was suspected that appointment bookings would begin prior to April 10th, when the try-on service starts, but now, as per a report, it seems that anybody looking to reserve a 15-minute slot will only be able to do so from the 10th.

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HTC has already revealed its flagship for the year in the form of the One M9, but with rumors suggesting that an even more powerful edition could be ready to hit the Asian market, the Taiwanese company has just sent out invitations to a “More Than One” media event to be held in Beijing in April.

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TinyUmbrella update now lets you save iOS 8.1.2 SHSH blobs without Apple signing the firmware on A7 and A8 devices, such as the iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPhone 6, 6 Plus and the iPhone 5s. More details and download link can be found right here.

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Oppo, like most smartphone vendors, is looking for new and interesting ways to entice consumers, and is currently at the forefront of an emerging trend of Chinese manufacturers to deliver near bezel-free, edge-to-edge displays on handsets, like the Sharp AQUOS Crystal. Its upcoming device, which has been leaked via numerous channels throughout China, appears as though it has bits missing either side of the display, and while it’s an interesting concept, one has to wonder whether the cool-looking gadget would make any practical sense.

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No jailbreak required to work! MovieBox app download for iOS 8.2 is now available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. More details can be found right here.

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Does the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge bend? This video bend test reveals it all. More details and video can be found right here.

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Steve Jobs, Apple’s co-founder and former CEO, played an integral role in helping the company to push the boundaries of innovation, and despite succumbing to pancreatic cancer back in 2011, his work and general ethos remains a prominent part of the Cupertino outfit. The new “Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader” book may have only just released, but it’s already topping numerous charts ranging from Amazon to Apple’s own iBooks, and the audiobook, for those who’d prefer to have the text dictated to them, can be had completely free of charge. Here, we show you how to get your free audiobook, and also, where to grab the ebook.

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Download of iOS 8.3 beta 4 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices is now available. Apple has also seeded the second public beta of the iOS 8.3 to users enrolled in the Beta Seed Program as well. More details can be found right after the break.

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Apple Pay may have enjoyed a relative amount of success in its first six or so months in the market, but it’s still very much up-and-coming. Uptake thus far has been impressive, and with Apple Watch supporting the contactless payment system from the get-go, it seems probable that this trend will continue. In an effort to enhance this early period of growth, Apple has launched a website offering free decals for interested retail outlets.

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Crack for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch password on jailbroken iOS devices has been achieved using a piece of software. More details and video demo can be found after the jump.

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Since being taken over by Facebook, Instagram has rolled out its fair share of updates, and today, has launched an all-new, separate app for iOS. Layouts is essentially a collage app, letting you combine multiple snaps into one post, and thanks to its existence, Instagram believes you won’t need to be trawling the App Store for such features anymore.

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Want to downgrade iOS 8.2 back to more stable iOS 8.1.3? The following step by step tutorial will help you do just that on iPhone or iPad.

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