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Despite its purchase of image-sharing app Instagram a couple of years ago, Facebook remains dedicated to the task of encouraging users to upload their snaps onto the world’s foremost social network, and as per an official blog post, the company is now adding a couple of useful new features for this very purpose. Notably, the update is dedicated to making it easier and quicker to upload multiple photos on mobile, and with users also able to select the order of the album in swift fashion, should prove a very useful enhancement for rampant photo sharers on both iOS and Android.

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Microsoft’s Office suite has been the subject of much expansion over the past few years, and the occasions when Bill Gates would gripe at the fact that the Apple iPad disadvantaged by its lack of Office support seems a long time ago now. But while the productivity software is not as popular on OS X as it is on Windows, the software maker has continued to offer support, and off the back of several claims that a new version of Office for Mac would be arriving in the near future, a series of legit-looking screenshots, allegedly from Office 16, give us an apparent glimpse at these endeavors.

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Apple’s iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 were both unveiled just under two weeks ago at a special event on the Cupertino campus, and while we had long since anticipated a number of the features, there have been one or two surprises thrown in for good measure. No less, perhaps, is the fact that the iPad Air 2 includes NFC, something that the company neglected to mention at the keynote, but as we continue to digest the new interior hardware, one area that hasn’t been the subject of much focus is the display. For those intrigued to see how the iPad Air 2′s panel stands up against the iPad mini 3 and, also, the preceding iPad Air, this rather thorough shoot-out assesses the key features of each.

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The Pangu jailbreak team has just rolled out the 8.0-8.1.x Untether 0.2 package, which contains a number of bug fixes and minor enhancements. All of the relevant details, including how to avail the new package if you’re jailbroken on iOS 8.0 – iOS 8.1, can be seen after the fold.

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To say the smartwatch market is amid something of a boom would be a great understatement. But while Apple Watch and Google’s Android Wear are both looking to take a considerable chunk of this new wearable category, it’s worth considering the strong fitness-related features that vendors are packing into these gadgets. Fitbit is a company that has been churning out fitness-tracking apps for a while now, but with the big companies likely to crowd the smaller names out, is in something of a battle to remain relevant. As such, Fitbit has introduced two new devices today; one fitness tracker, and further device resembling a smartwatch.

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Microsoft might have won the battle of the last-gen console wars, with its Xbox 360 having narrowly claimed victory over Sony’s PlayStation 3, but this time around, things haven’t gone entirely the software company’s way. The PlayStation 4 has had a great start since both it and the Xbox One rolled out late last year, and while the former’s more powerful hardware will no doubt have helped to reel in the purists, pricing has certainly played a part in these early stages. The Xbox One, after all, launched at a higher price than its Japanese competitor, but with the Windows maker having already made the console cheaper by selling it without the Kinect sensor, it’s now in line for its very first price drop later on this year.

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This week has seen the very first jailbreak released for the new iOS 8 – 8.1 firmware, and whereas, ordinarily, the process of using a jailbreak tool is fairly simple to the end user, the decision of Chinese team Pangu to roll its exploit out so early has left a trail of compatibility issues. Fortunately Saurik, the guy behind Cydia among a number of other integral jailbreak services, has been hard at work in making the required adjustments, and having brought Cydia and Substrate up to speed, has now released an updated version of AFC2.

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Given the rise in streaming music services like Spotify, the traditional digital sales model is dying a slow death, and there’s no question that Apple’s iTunes has not only been a linchpin of the digital music world during the past decade, but still remains the most popular online retailer of songs and albums. The Cupertino’s iTunes Radio streamer hasn’t really hit the heights in its short lifespan, and recognizing that it may lose ground on the rest of the field if it doesn’t adapt to the current market, it’s looking probable that the newly-acquired Beats Music service may be integrated into iTunes.

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The iPad Air 2 Bend Test [Video]

By | October 24th, 2014

Around this time last month, the tech. world was abuzz with reports that the iPhone 6 Plus was susceptible to accidental bending when placed in a pocket. Naturally, a furore ensued, with Apple fanboys and haters alike taking it in turns to exchange e-blows, but after a week or two of tit-for-tat, the whole “saga” died down. Still, with the original viral video having garnered a considerable number of views on YouTube, it’s no surprise that we’ve since been treated to several other bend tests relating to a number of other handsets, and with Apple’s iPad Air 2 having just been announced, it was only fitting that the new and improved slab was given the same treatment.

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The Bendgate saga, which, in hindsight, consisted of a number of small incidents that escalated out of proportion, certainly blemished the first couple of weeks of Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch. But while that particular episode appears to have blown over, another more serious issue seems to be cropping up. It pertains to the 128GB iPhone 6 Plus, with many units crashing continuously, often leaving users in an infinite reboot loop, and while Apple has been replacing a number of afflicted handsets, some owners are already on their fourth unit.

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With the new iPads almost ready for retail, prospective buyers along with current owners will be on the lookout for some new apps and games to fill their devices up with, and if you like modifying and tweaking your images, today’s featured offering has more features than you could wave a brush at.

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Apple’s acquisition of TestFlight has given a whole new dimension to pre-release features and apps, allowing interested parties to aid the process of development and improvement as an app is readied to go live. Now, Apple has opened up the TestFlight beta to everybody after a period of internal-only testing, so if you’ve been waiting to give it a whirl, now’s your chance.

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Full list of compatible Cydia jailbreak tweaks and apps that are tested to work on iOS 8 to iOS 8.1 running on supported iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. The list is continuously updated.

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From Batman to American Psycho, it’s fair to say that actor Christian Bale has played some volatile characters over the years, and as rumored, will now assume the role of the genius that was Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. While not quite in the same league as those aforementioned characters, the late, great innovator was renowned for his big personality as well as knack for dreaming up era-defining products, and as such, Bale may have his work cut out in this biopic commissioned by Sony Pictures.

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We got the pleasant surprise of an untethered jailbreak for iOS 8 – 8.1, courtesy of Chinese jailbreak outfit Pangu. Getting it up and running has been a bit of a laborious task thus far, with the manual installation of Cydia necessary at this point in time, but that’s not the main limitation. Cydia Substrate, support framework for many major tweaks and apps such as WinterBoard, wasn’t immediately compatible with the newly-jailbroken iOS 8, but with Cydia author Jay Freeman aka Saurik having made the necessary fixes, Substrate has now been deemed ready for prime time.

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Olloclip’s premium clip-on lenses have long since extended the capabilities of smartphone cameras, particularly the rear-facing shooters of the Apple iPhones down the years. We’ve already heard the reviews of photography aficionados with regards to how good the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus snapper actually is, but while Apple has definitely made some big improvements in terms of both hardware and software this time around, there’s no doubt an Olloclip could take things to the next level. The start-up has continued to churn out these great, multi-functional lenses to offer such benefits as wide-angle and fish-eye shots, and now, the 4-in-1 for iPhone 6 is almost upon us.

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Here’s how you can manually install Cydia after iOS 8 – 8.1 Pangu8 jailbreak on iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 5s, 5c, 5, iPads and all other supported devices.

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Along with the Motorola-made Nexus 6 smartphone and the all-new Android 5.0 Lollipop software, Google also recently took the wraps off the Nexus 9 tablet, which Taiwanese company HTC was tasked with building. Based on the images and specs, the new slate certainly looks promising, and now, we’ve a hands-on clip to ogle at.

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In the run-up to the announcement of the iPad Air 2, many were touting it as a powerhouse, and although Apple made a bit of a song and dance of its speed at last week’s event, the Geekbench results now back up these claims. As the title suggests, the A8X is a triple-core configuration clocked at 1.5GHz, and as well as that, Apple has also bundled in 2GB of RAM.

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With iOS 8.1 finally bringing Apple Pay to supported devices, both Apple and a large number of retailers are scrambling to get deals done and ensure that compliance with the secure, contactless new system is as fluid and seamless as possible. With many thousands of outlets already kitted out with NFC systems that will happily process payments via Apple Pay, there’s already a solid foundation for contactless to prosper, but if you’re perhaps wondering whether your credit or debit card is ready for Apple Pay, the chart below breaks everything down nice and simply.

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