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With the iPhone 6 now said to be less than two weeks from announcement, leaks pertaining to the device are aplenty, and today, we get an up-close look at several key components including the embedded Apple logo, improved speaker module and revised Touch ID fingerprint sensor. All of the image are of very high quality, and below, you can check them out.

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Although we’re still waiting on the Apple iWatch and the myriad of vendors set to push out smartwatches on Android Wear, Samsung has been incredibly busy over the past twelve months. Having launched the less than appealing Galaxy Gear alongside the Galaxy Note 3 at last year’s IFA, the Korean outfit then went on and showcased the Gear 2 and Gear Fit at the Mobile World Congress, and with the Gear Live announced for Android Wear at I/O, the company is still not done. For a while, it has been rumored that Sammy would unveil a device packing its own data connection, unlike the current fleet of smartphone-dependent watches, and today, the cellular Gear S has been officially unveiled.

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Earlier this month, we learned that the famed BioShock was to be released on Apple’s iOS, and after a few weeks of making the final preparations, the iconic title is now ready to download for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

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Apple looks poised to break several long-standing habits when it unleashes the iPhone 6 at some point in the next few weeks, and among them, the Cupertino company will apparently roll out near-field communication, or NFC. Although numerous Android vendors have offered this little piece of hardware for a good couple of generations now, Apple may finally indulge in a feature that enables, for example, the processing of mobile payments. Yet while some reports have indicated that only the larger, 5.5-inch iPhone will get NFC, a new report instead suggests that both models of iPhone 6 will be treated to this technology.

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Microsoft made a brave, if not reckless call in the run-up to the release of the Xbox One, and in honesty, the decision to bundle the Kinect peripheral in as a standard feature was just one of many suspect choices that might have contributed to Sony’s early lead with the PlayStation 4. The fact that Xbox One owners got a motion-sensing camera that they didn’t necessarily want was not the main issue, but rather the price – at $100 more than the PS4 – made the normally arduous decision for fence-sitters just that little bit easier. After stringing it out for a few months, the software giant finally caved in and offered the Xbox One sans Kinect for a price comparable to that of its major competitor, and as of October 7th, those who’d retrospectively like to buy the popular accessory will be able to.

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If you’re on the lookout for some new apps and games for your iOS device but also like to save money, then our range of hand-picked daily deals has you nicely covered. In yet another installment of paid apps gone free, we’ve a list of almost $20 worth, and for the descriptions and download links, be sure to join us after the break!

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With Samsung having already rolled out a handful of smartwatches and several other companies jumping on the Android Wear bandwagon, it’s strongly suspected that Apple will also come through with its first smartwatch at some point later this year. For the most part, it has been suggested that the ‘iWatch’ would arrive after the small matter of the iPhone 6 and iPad refresh had been resolved, but now, a very reliable source has indicated that a new wearable will also be on the agenda for September 9th.

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Apple’s iPhone 6 has been leaked incessantly over the past few months, and despite having had many close-up looks at the revised form factor, a new head-to-head video pitting the device up against the iPhone 5s shows just how much work the Cupertino giant has put into improvements this time around. Unfortunately, but as we’d expect at this stage, the iPhone 6 isn’t fully operational, but nevertheless, you get a rough idea of what it’ll be like to hold.

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A new report suggests that Apple is planning to add to its MacBook line-up in the near future, although doesn’t offer specifics on when said notebook will actually release. Apparently, the thinner MacBook Air, which may also be Retina-fied, may emerge either late this year or early next, and given how svelte the current model already is, it’ll be interesting to see if and how Apple manages to shave anything off.

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Despite a distinct lack of any new hardware in recent times, Apple TV’s wealth of available content continues to increase, and now, Showtime Anytime has been added to the set-top’s repertoire. Full details can be seen below.

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Google makes a habit of coinciding major new versions of Android with a new smartphone release, and with Android L having already been unleashed at I/O earlier on this year, we’re now waiting on the successor to the Nexus 5. Although widely presumed to be called the Nexus 6, for rather obvious reasons, it now looks as though the next-gen handset will be called the Nexus X as Google tries to avoid any copyright issues, but despite the name-change, the actual device still looks set to impress us with some beastly specs. Today, we’ve gotten wind of some new details, as well as some more leaked info pertaining to Android L, and below, you can get up to speed.

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Motorola, which Google is currently in the process of selling on to Lenovo, has continued to churn out cheap, high-quality smartphones over the past few years, and joining the roster shortly will be the Moto G2. We’ve already heard a great deal about this handset during the past couple of weeks and months, and along with some new sightings of the device today, we now also have confirmation on the tech specs.

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Microsoft’s Windows 9, otherwise currently known as ‘Threshold’, will be released to developers as a ‘technology’ preview in the coming months, but as we eagerly await the next major build of the iconic operating system, new and previously undisclosed details are beginning to emerge.

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Instagram may now be owned by Facebook, but the purchase hasn’t stopped the team behind the famed photo-sharing app from developing a series of spin-off utilities. As well as the recent release of the Snapchat-like Bolt, which launched late last month across a few select markets, the Instagram development team has now come through with Hyperlapse, a time-lapse app designed specifically for those in ownership of the Apple iPhone and iPad. Check out the screenshots, details and download link after the break.

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When it comes to apps – even the big ones – it’s fair to say that Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform often gets left behind. It took an age for Instagram, for instance, to make its way over to the WP Store, and even when apps do finally manifest themselves, updates can be few and far between. Spotify is another prime example, and although an official app has been around for a while now, the ability to shuffle songs for free with ads has not. Now, though WP users can listen for free thanks to a new update, and if you don’t mind the occasional advertisement, it’s a great way to enjoy free music.

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Although it mightn’t get as much attention as its compatriot, LG continues to churn out high-quality, feature rich smartphones that more than stand up against those of Samsung. The LG G3, for example, is every bit as beastly as the Galaxy S5, and with Sammy preparing to unleash the Galaxy Note 4 at a special Unpacked event in Berlin, LG has just taken the wraps off the G3 Stylus.

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The Apple iPhone 6 looks set to be announced on September 9th, and as this as-yet unconfirmed event draws ever closer, the leaks are continuing to pour in. Today, we’ve what is claimed to be a legitimate sighting of the iPhone 6′s insert, but unfortunately, it instead appears to be a fake. Decide for yourself by checking out the shot below.

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Theft of personal, digital devices is fairly rampant, but thanks to the introduction of kill-switches, those snatching the gadgets of others are now often left with a bricked product that cannot be used or sold at will. It’s not much consolation to the victim, but it has made a noticeable difference to smartphone theft in that the numbers have dropped off significantly. Now, a new law has been passed in California that means by 2015, any handset sold in the state will need to be kitted up with its very own kill-switch, and although most top-end devices now ship with such measures right out of the box, this new move will ensure that all new smartphones include something similar.

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Google has authored a whole range of great apps across a number of platforms, and today, has rolled out a brand-new one for iOS by the name of ‘Slides’. Essentially a presentation app, it’s very much a PowerPoint incarnate, and as well as the roll-out of Google Slides, the Mountain View outfit has also updated Docs and Sheets – the company’s answer to Word and Excel.

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As ever, we’re back with another dose of paid iOS apps gone completely free, and if you’re always in the market for a bargain, then be sure to check out the download links below alongside the original prices.

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