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Here is a list of the top 15 battery saving tips for iOS 8 running on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users that will help you maximize battery life and get you through the day with ease.

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The Apple iPhone 6 has been unboxed at least ten million times since launching some eight days ago, and although some folks have a ritualistic system for how they unravel their gadgets, few will have played out like this one.

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There has been much talk about Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 9 just recently, particular with regards to its features. But the actual name of the next major release is still something of a mystery, and given that ‘Windows 9′ is merely a reference point for an upcoming product, like the “Nintendo Revolution” or the “Xbox 720″, it is expected that the software giant will seek a different direction after Windows 7 and Windows 8.

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 was among the first major mobile announcements of this busy month, with the Korean outfit once again utilizing the IFA expo in Berlin, Germany to showcase its latest phablet. With a sharpened display, bumped processor and improved camera, it’s certainly a healthy upgrade on last year’s Note 3, and unsurprisingly, Sammy has been promoting it non-stop. In the latest, the Tizen maker has just rolled out a new ad, and with pre-orders now being taken in the United States, seeks to convince consumers that the Note 4 is the device to own.

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Google’s Nexus line of smartphones and tablets have long since offered consumers a completely unadulterated Android experience, as well as decent hardware, at a price considerably lower than competitors. After last year’s Nexus 5, which was manufactured by LG, Google’s very own Motorola has been tasked with the role of building its successor, which is expected to arrive at some point in the coming weeks. Now, we have a couple of leaked snaps that apparently allow use a sneak preview of what’s in store, and below, you can check it out.

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How To Downgrade iOS 8 To iOS 7.1.2

By | September 27th, 2014

Here’s a quick and easy tutorial on how to downgrade iOS 8 to iOS 7.1.2 on iPhone 5s, 5c, 5, 4s, iPad Air, iPad mini or even iPod touch 5.

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We now know, thanks to Apple’s clarification that only nine new iPhones had been reported as misshapen as part of the Bendgate saga, that the whole incident was a mere storm in a teacup, but with Apple now launching both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in 20 new markets across the world, the official statement was certainly necessary. Now, more details have emerged as to exactly how Apple ensures that its devices are built for purpose, and as well as five major stress tests, a company official has noted how how some 15,000 handsets were intentionally broken at development stage to provision against such issues as highlighted with Bendgate.

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Apple’s iOS 8.0.1, for those that missed it, was a marked disaster, and a major blemish in what has otherwise been a fairly smooth launch of the company’s new mobile software. Having rolled out a couple of days ago, it featured major flaws that saw iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners left with No Service and a non-functioning Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and in all honesty, Apple hadn’t made such a blunder since the iOS 6 Maps debacle. Back in 2012 when Maps first appeared, the scapegoating seem to begin, and end, with then-iOS SVP Scott Forstall, who was swiftly ejected from the executive team and Apple in general, but incidentally, it has now been revealed that a member of the quality control team amid the Apple Maps scandal may also have been partially responsible for the blundered iOS 8.0.1 launch.

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Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have, as is typically the case with new iPhones, arrived to a great deal of fanfare. As well as the critical acclaim and record sales, social media was consumed by ‘Bendgate’, the idea that the new devices – particularly the iPhone 6 Plus – are prone to bending. Apple stepped out to dispel such a notion, adding that it only uses the highest standard of materials as well as running through extreme quality control measures to ensure the robustness of its handsets. Be that as it may, a new teardown has revealed that the material cost of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus remains decidedly low, despite the considerable increase in price at the consumer end, and with 10 million units sold and counting, the profit margin on these newer smartphones is considerably higher.

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The iTunes App Store is awash with camera apps, with perhaps tens of thousands now comprising the sizeable inventory. Some of them are great, but the vast majority are fairly average, with a number of developers apparently happy to clone features and hope for the best. But a new app for point-and-shooters has just rolled out for iPhone that seeks to offer a no-frills, raw camera experience that takes away the automated, mechanical nature of similar applications, and if you’re looking for a highly configurable app, this one may just pique your interest.

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This is just in. Apple has released iOS 8.0.2 download links for all the supported devices, including the very latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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As far as Apple is concerned, September usually focuses on the mobile side of things, and with the introduction of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and the Apple Watch earlier on this month, we certainly haven’t been disappointed. If we take into context Apple’s past release cycles, we can probably expect that the iPad line-up will be getting a bump at some point next month, and with OS X Yosemite 10.10 also rumored to be arriving at the same as-yet unannounced event, a new report is offering that a new Mac mini is on the cards.

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With two new smartphones and a whole new piece of software in iOS 8, even long-time users of Apple gadgets have encountered something of a learning curve, and we’ve done our best here to present you with some of the best tips and tricks to help you familiarize yourselves with the various new features. Given that iOS 8 is arguably one of the most significant leaps since the very first iPhone appeared back in 2007, though, there always seems to be something to learn, and if you wish to fast-track your acclimatization with the update, then a new video covering 50 awesome features will definitely stand you in good stead.

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Unless you’ve been stuck under a rock for the past couple of days, you’ll surely have caught the Bendgate coverage, in which it was claimed that Apple’s new iPhones, particularly the iPhone 6 Plus, was susceptible to losing its shape. Given that it’s largely comprised of aluminum, a soft, malleable metal, it was never going to be as robust as a handset laden in stainless steel, but while it did seem like the whole fiasco was merely a small number of incidents that had been blown way out of proportion, Apple has stepped out and confirmed that to date, only nine complaints have been registered.

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Apple’s initial iPhone 6 retail push got off to a flying start last week, with sales in excess of 10 million in the opening weekend breaking the record for a new smartphone. Having only launched in a handful of markets, though, the device is still yet to reach a number of key countries, and this week on Friday, 26th September, a further 20 nations will be added.

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We love a freebie or two here, and although it’s been a while since we’ve posted a paid apps gone free article for our Android-wielding readers, we believe that today’s mammoth list was well worth the wait. Not only does the list of 20+ apps offer a combined saving well in excess of $100, but there are some huge apps and titles in there from big-name companies like SEGA, Autodesk. If your Android device is in need of some new content, we’ve all of the details coming right up for you after the leap.

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For a good year or so now, it has been suggested that Apple would be coming through with a tablet larger and more powerful than the current flagship 9.7-inch model, and given the introduction of would-be rival products like the Microsoft Surface and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab Pro line, the idea of a 12.9-inch iPad Pro seems even more plausible. Today, new information has emerged about the slate, with a report suggesting that the SoC powering the top-end slab will be a more robust, A8X chip.

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The so-called Bendgate saga has been at the forefront of tech coverage over the past couple of days, with the Web having been taken over by what appears to be just a couple of isolated incidents of accidental bending blown out of proportion. But while only a handful of iPhone 6 Plus models have reportedly become misshapen by accident, one Apple representative has indicated that a device may be covered under the standard warranty, provided that it can pass what’s known as a “visual mechanical inspection.”

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Yesterday, Apple rolled out its very first mobile software update since iOS 8 first appeared a couple of weeks back. Therein, we were told, lied a number of fixes to early issues that had plagued some users, but unfortunately, iOS 8.0.1 did more harm than good. Many iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners were left with no cellular service whatsoever as well as a non-functioning Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and given the critical nature of these two features, Apple quickly decided to pull the update altogether. We already showed you how you could downgrade your firmware back to iOS 8.0 to regain service and use of Touch ID, and since, Apple has also advised users to do likewise.

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Apple’s new iOS 8 software is literally rammed with features and perks, but actually finding them all and learning how to use them once you’ve located them can be quite a trying task. To ease the burden, we’ve been running you guys through a series of tutorials and tips, helping you make the very most out of your new device and / or software, and with the Health app having been a major talking point in the months leading up to iOS 8′s showcasing at the Worldwide Developers’ Conference back in June, we’re going to show you how to set up your emergency Medical ID right now.

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