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Even though Apple’s iPhone remains the subject of acclaim for its high-end, premium finish, the same cannot quite be said when it comes to durability, with scratches, scrapes, cracks and dents commonplace among the iPhone-rocking faithful, and as such, the market for protective cases and shields is very lucrative indeed. Logitech, an official distributor of third-party Apple accessories and peripherals, has just come through with a cheap, robust solution for iPhone users looking to keep their handset guarded at all times, and notably, doesn’t go overboard with regards to adding bulk.

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Tesla has revealed some key details regarding its next-gen electric car, which will get a full-on showcasing in 2016 before hitting the sales channels at some point in 2017. Named the Model 3, it will cost around £30,000, or $35,000 for those in North America, and although we’re accustomed to electric cars offering a fairly basic driving experience greatly inferior to that of a more traditional set-up, this environmentally-friendly beast will rival the likes of the 3 Series BMW for both style and, Tesla hopes, general performance.

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One of the great benefits of owning a Nexus device, or a Google Play Edition of any other popular handset, is that the updates arrive quickly and without those cumbersome delays as vendors take the time to make their own personal tweaks. With Android KitKat 4.4.4 having trickled out a short while ago, those rocking the Nexus 5 have been able to get their fill almost immediately, and today, the search giant has rolled out a very minor bump to those based in Australia, New Zealand and India. Allied to this release of Android 4.4.4_r2, the Big G also pushed Glass’s software to XE19.1, and below, you can catch all of the relevant details regarding both updates.

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Touch ID has proven an immensely successful feature within the iPhone 5s, and although the technology has remained exclusive to the current flagship since it rolled out back in September, Apple is expected to be treating the iPad line-up to the fingerprint-scanning tech later on this year. With the iPhone 6 slated for a September release, though, all eyes are on the next-gen handset, and today, we’ve an up-close look at the tweaked Touch ID component that’ll apparently grace the forthcoming device.

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It’s a polarizing fact that, to many, celebrity is everything, and when we consider those who command the lion’s share of the media spotlight, reality TV queen Kim Kardashian is right up there. But while, in tech circles, she doesn’t really get much of a mention, her new iOS and Android game Kim Kardashian: Hollywood has taken the charts by storm, and the free-to-download app, it is reckoned, could rake in an eye-watering $200 million per year.

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Apple has today struck a deal with IBM that will see devices like the iPhone and iPad build a stronger presence in the enterprise market, with IBM’s obvious clout among business helping to seal what will no doubt be a mutually beneficial deal. Announced today by means of a press release, IBM will take the opportunity to integrate its own pool of services and solutions into these Apple-made devices before selling the tailored experience on to specific, pin-pointed businesses and industries.

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Even though we’re on the cusp of the iPhone 6 taking things to the next level with a svelte, 7mm-thin body and sleek profile, you don’t have to think too far back to remember the times when handsets were a little more, well, bricky. But while many of us would struggle to fathom the idea of carrying around a device such as the iconic Nokia 3210 in this day and age, the world’s first ever cellphone offers a true reality check on how far we’ve come along in just three decades. Launched back in March of 1984, the monstrosity you see before you would have set you back a cool $4,000 at the time – more than double that in today’s money – but intriguingly enough, it was the ever-present figure of Motorola that brought it to the scene.

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The iTunes App Store is awash with great apps, but while most of us would love to simply download them all, we’d soon rack up a bill amounting to a small fortune. This is why, we try our utmost to present you guys with the best deals and freebies on a daily basis, and below, we’ve got another ten great apps gone free over at the App Store.

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As rumors go, the Apple “iWatch” has been stalking blogosphere headlines for a good couple of years now, but with Samsung having come through with several smartwatches already and Google having just taken the wraps off Android Wear, the Cupertino company knows that this emerging industry is in the midst of a boom. As such, there’s a genuine consensus that the iWatch will indeed arrive later this year, and although a new report out of Asia provides yet more circumstantial evidence as opposed to anything solid, it does offer insight as to the multiple models that Apple is said to be preparing.

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The World Cup may have come to a close over the weekend after what has been, by all accounts, an epic tournament, but for football / soccer fans, it was only a precursor to the season upcoming. We’re approaching that time of the year when, for Europe and many other parts of the world, the games are about to commence, and on cue, the launch of the new FIFA title. Lionel Messi, Argentina’s talisman, may have just missed out on the sport’s most coveted prize, but he can take some solace in the fact that as well as scooping the official award for best player, he’s also the face of FIFA 15.

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The iPhone 6 is easily the most eagerly-anticipated device releasing in 2014, and although this tends to be the case with each year that goes by, the reported size increase has certainly helped to ramp up the hype this time around. A new listing on the Amazon Japan marketplace, which has since been removed, showed the device as on sale for upward of $1,300, and although the source of this posting is currently unknown, some intriguing details were recovered prior to the page’s swift removal.

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Snapchat has just added a cool new feature allowing users to add location-specific filters to snaps before sending them out. The image and video-sharing IM service, which has a popular following among college-age users, has seen its user base soar in recent times, and having added IM-like chat features in a large update earlier on in the year, has now baked in a geofiltering service as an extension of those traditional, Instagram-esque overlays it recently rolled out.

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Having wrapped up the acquisition of Nokia earlier on in the year, Microsoft’s BUILD developers conference was largely focused around the Windows Phone 8.1 update. Having been seen as a distant third place to iOS and Android thanks to its lack of key features, Windows Phone has struggled to make a dent in the market share of the Big Two, but with the newer software promising some great features including a voice assistant in Cortana, there’s renewed optimism that the software giant may finally stake more than just a token claim to the smartphone industry. After the developer preview launch shortly after BUILD, Windows Phone 8.1 is this week rolling out to Lumia devices via the Cyan update, and as ever, we’ve got all of the major details right here.

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Google is inarguably the most innovative company in the modern mobile industry, with several exciting products already in the pipeline. The head-mounted Glass device is perhaps the most eagerly-anticipated of them all, but as far as allowing us to engage with digital products using just our eyes, it’s not the only project that the search giant is plotting. The company is also working on some smart contact lenses offering significant health benefits those suffering with diabetes, and today, this enterprise got a significant boost with the Big G having struck a licensing deal with Novartis subsidiary Alcon.

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It’s a fair assessment to make that Apple’s Passbook feature hasn’t been adopted by consumers with the kind of enthusiasm that the early hype suggested, but with NFC said to be arriving with the iPhone 6, the voucher / pass / wallet service could soon become a staple part of iOS users’ diets. The Cupertino’s move to launch iTunes Pass in Japan is certainly indicative of a more concerted push with Passbook, and as of today, Japanese consumers will be able to top up their iTunes credit via Passbook at Apple’s brick-and-mortar retail outlets.

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At the I/O Developers Conference, Google took the opportunity to unearth several new products, and among them was Android L, the next major release of the company’s flagship mobile OS. Much was made at the time, and since, of the so-called ‘Material Design’ that would see the the interface overhauled from the ground up with layering and other effects helping to make the operating system feel more alive and active. The UI, it was also said, would be a lot more clean, and below, you can catch a pretty decent glimpse of how some of the search company’s own apps like apps like YouTube, Gmail and Maps may eventually look.

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We’ve covered plenty of great app deals here, but on this occasion, we’ve a special treat. For instead of four, five or six apps gone free, we’ve got a sizeable haul of nine, and if your home screen is looking a little scant, check the details below!

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Beats Electronics, which was recently acquired by Apple, has enjoyed an immensely successful first few years in business, and while its hardware arguably offers premium audio quality, there’s no doubt that the company’s ties with music and popular culture have helped it to reach the dizzy heights of being Apple’s largest ever acquisition. As well as music, an industry in which founders Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine are heavily invested, football / soccer players have certainly helped to broaden the appeal of the brand, and now, Beats has returned the favor by presenting Germany’s World Cup-winning squad with some 24-carat gold Beats Pro headphones.

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Even though Apple makes every new iOS device considerably better than the last and, by some miracle, thinner and lighter than the preceding model, one common quibble that consumers have is in the waning battery life. Even though the likes of the iPhone and iPad excel in most departments, battery retention is not one of them, and as such, users are often left with a well-built, stylish, and feature-rich device that won’t power up. Apparently, though, Tim Cook’s company is joining forces with Intelligent Energy in a collaborative effort that may see iDevices, as well as other products like the MacBook, keep going for up to a week by embedding fuel cells into them.

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During the course of the past few years, the gaming industry’s sales charts have been dominated by Activision’s Call of Duty franchise, but last year, things changed. Not only did Grand Theft Auto 5 blow CoD: Ghosts out of the water, but its monumental success saw it break several Guinness World Records, and even though Rockstar Games’ most celebrated release is now effectively done and dusted, there’s still the small matter of the next-gen release. In retailing the original GTA 5 just two months before the arrival of the PS4 and Xbox One, Rockstar knew that it could further monetize with an up-scaled version for the newer consoles as well as the PC, and while the official announcements of these upcoming editions have just been made, we may now also have a firm date.

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