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Apple is used to having its products ripped off, particularly by Chinese manufacturers, but Huawei is among the Asian nation’s up-and-coming superpowers. It comes as a bit of a surprise, then, that the company has opted to call its latest 5.5-inch smartphone the “Honor 6 Plus,” and while the design may not be same as iPhone 6 Plus, it still looks awfully similar to iPhone 5s, and the moniker seems more than just a mere coincidence.

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You can now download official Android 5.0.1 Lollipop factory image for LG made Google Nexus 5. Instructions along with direct download link can be found at the foot of the post.

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Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to record FaceTime video calls from iPhone to your Mac for free. Head past the jump for more details.

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Notification Center widgets have brought a whole new dimension to iOS 8, and finally, users can access vital, ever-updating information with a simple swipe. Given that most of us are, to varying degrees, concerned about our device’s battery life, and as such, widgets pertaining to this crucial aspect are fairly commonplace even though iOS 8 has only been around for a couple of months. If you’re looking for a good battery-focused widget to help you better gauge how much power you’re eating through, then we’ve stumbled upon one that may suit all of your requirements, presenting statistics via eye-catching, customizable graphs.

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The jailbreak scene is currently thriving, and while we’ve the Pangu and TaiG teams to thank for opening the door in the first place, the dedication of the developers behind the tweaks has been equally as impressive. If you’re a regular user of Messages for iOS, you’ll probably have encountered several of the great tweaks already on offer to supplement the IM experience, and now, a popular accompaniment to Messages for iOS 7 jailbreakers has just been updated for iOS 8. Full details can be seen below.

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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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WhatsApp, the popular instant-messaging app spanning all of the popular mobile platforms, could soon be headed to the Web, with code hidden within the app’s Android APK indicating strings that would relate to such a move.

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It’s the weekend, and it’s also a time when many iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users set about finding new content. To make things nice and easy, we’ve sourced a massive bunch of paid apps gone free for a very limited time, and with a combined value of nearly $130, you’ll want to grab these sooner rather than later.

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Here’s how you can fix ‘iPhone is Disabled’ error message after entering wrong passcode several times. Complete step-by-step guide can be found right here.

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Here’s a speed test video comparing iOS 8.2 beta 2 with iOS 8.1.2 final on iPhone 4s. For more details and video, head past the jump.

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As mobile device owners, we’re constantly vigilant of the numerous viruses, malware and general non-niceties that tend to be floating about, ready to hack our treasured gadgets and steal data and other such information. And now, a major new piece of malicious software has been uncovered by a security team that apparently targets diplomats, key figures within military circles and business executives, and while it can affect Windows Phone, Android and the Android apps on the BlackBerry OS, and iOS too only if it’s jailbroken.

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Here’s a list of useful tips on how to fix TaiG iOS 8.1.2 jailbreak stuck issue on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. More details can be found after the jump.

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As you’ll be very much aware if you’re a regular reader of ours, iOS apps seem to go free on a regular basis. But whilst we do our utmost to pick the best of the bunch, it’s very rare that an immensely popular application drops its price tag completely. Yet one of our all-time favorite apps has just done exactly that, and if you like a bargain – as well as the idea of using your device as a makeshift scanner – then we’ve the full details and download link for this freebie after the leap.

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Microsoft first announced Windows 10 a couple of months back – a revamped OS that would seek to unify the various platforms that the software giant currently operates. We already know that it will spark the return of the beloved and dearly-missed Start Menu that seemed to disappear after Windows 7, but it’s just one of a number of features that the software maker is working on. Today, the company scheduled January 21st as a key mark in the calendar, with press invitations having just been sent out to a special Windows 10 event slated for that date.

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Here are the top 5 reasons why you should update to iOS 8.1.2 firmware right now on your supported iPhone, iPad or iPod touch device.

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Microsoft has broadened its catalog of applications for iOS and Android today with the roll-out of new MSN apps specifically tailored to those running Apple and Google’s mobile platforms. Along with MSN News, Money, Health & Fitness, Food & Drink and Sport, an MSN Weather app is also said to be in the offing, although at this point in time, the latter is not ready for iOS, but is available on the Android platform.

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Auxo 3 for iOS 8 release date has been teased by the developer, also gets a brief demo video. More details can be found here.

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Here’s how you can add a battery percentage Live Tile on Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 Start Screen. Completely step by step instructions can be found right here.

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Update: Taig jailbreak team has released iOS 8.1.1 and iOS 8.1.2 jailbreak tool that can jailbreak iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, 5, 5c, 4s, all iPads and iPod touch 5 both on iOS 8.1.1 and iOS 8.2 beta. You can read more about release here.

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Even if you’re not an Android user, you’ll have noticed elements of Google’s Material Design initiative appearing throughout the Big G’s product line. From Gmail for iOS to the standard Web search, the aesthetic touch of Android Lollipop could not be accused of hiding away. If you happen to be an early adopter of an Android Wear device, you’ll be pleased to learn that the Mountain View company is pushing yet another major update for the wearable platform, which is now based on Android Lollipop, and with an official watch face API being the marquee feature of this release, it’s perhaps the most significant bump since Android Wear first appeared earlier this year.

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