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An Apple and iOS enthusiast, iOS software developer and general technology enthusiast. Developer of Total:Health for iPhone, Tweet Time for iPhone & iPad and ToneBlaster. A former Electrical Engineer and a budding entrepreneur.


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A large, captive audience made up of technology enthusiasts, critics, analysts and media professionals will descend on the German capital next week to meet and greet the newest tech from around the world, but it seems like next week is too far away for LG, resulting in the company jumping the gun and revealing the scoop on one of the best kept secrets we’ve seen for a while, the LG G Watch R.

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The importance and popularity of music is at an all-time high, thanks to companies like Apple and Google who have pioneered the use of digital infrastructure to deliver content directly to a range of devices. In an effort to promote music downloads and give back, Google is offering Prism by Katy Perry as a free-of-charge download.

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Berlin’s annual IFA consumer electronics fair is all geared up to be a great event in this year’s technology calendar. When the trade show descends on Germany’s capital city it will play home to more than 1,200 exhibitors from 32 different countries, each one eager to show off its advancements in its own particular field. Samsung regularly introduces something new and shiny during IFA, with this year being no different as the company prepares to unveil the latest edition to its family of “phablets”, the Galaxy Note 4.

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Apple has today continued its recent open communication policy with developers by sending out an email informing all participants in the iOS and OS X Developer Program of impending changes to certain iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite features.

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If you happen to be a regular gamer on Sony or Microsoft’s online gaming platforms then chances are that you realized all wasn’t well in the video game world over the weekend. Sure, like any other online service, Xbox LIVE and Sony’s PlayStation Network are prone to the odd glitch here and there, which can result in downtime, but it seems that the weekend’s event was a little more serious. Sony’s PlayStation Network and Microsoft’s Xbox LIVE service were both brought down simultaneously by cyber attacks over the weekend, with a group calling itself “Lizard Squad” taking responsibility for the whole thing.

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Apple’s soon-to-be-announced iPhone 6 is one of the worst kept secrets in modern consumer technology history. The latest hardware to compliment the company’s range of iOS devices has been stripped completely for all to see across the Internet. It has had pretty much every individual component scrutinized and torn apart in what has been one of the most analyzed product roadmaps we can remember. It’s been photographed, rendered and displayed from pretty much every angle you can imagine on every website you can think of, and even some you never knew existed. We’re fast approaching the official introduction of the device, but just incase you hadn’t seen enough of it, then here’s yet another gallery of the next-generation iPhone, this time alongside the 4-inch iPhone 5.

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Andrei Neculaesei, a full-stack Copenhagen based developer, has thrown his hat into the mobile app security debate by expressing concern regarding poorly implemented security relating to URI schemes within many popular apps. Neculaesei believes that the fact that many developers neglect to implement vital security measures within their apps could potentially lead to unwitting users falling victim to malicious services that could, in theory, invoke expensive phones calls on the device being used.

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Apple released the sixth Developer Preview of its latest desktop OS just yesterday. Named after the famous National Park in California, the OS promises to introduce a number of powerful new features, an overhauled, modern looking user-interface and a vast array of additional improvements that should satisfy even the most difficult to please desktop user. In addition to those amendments, the latest Developer Preview of OS X Yosemite also introduces four new stunning wallpapers that not only perfectly show off the beauty of the Yosemite National Park, but also promise to introduce visual delight to our desktops.

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There’s no doubt in our minds that Samsung’s Galaxy Alpha smartphone will manage to capture a lot of consumer attention when it’s released to market. Samsung’s latest edition to the Galaxy smartphone range is a sleek and slender offering, and becomes the first Galaxy phone to ship with a high-quality metal frame. Great news for those who have previously shied away from Samsung smartphones due to their poor, plastic-infused build quality. It’s great to see the Korean company finally upping its game from a manufacturing quality stance, but how does the new Alpha smartphone compare against Apple’s purported iPhone 6? These beautiful, high-quality renders throw the two devices side-by-side in a battle for consumer adoration.

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Alienware, the American computer hardware outfit owned by Dell Inc., has announced that its first Steam Machine will be available for the public to get its hands on in November. The Alienware Alpha looks likely to be the first commercially available Steam Machine when it launches, but rather than being built on top of Valve’s SteamOS, the Alpha hardware will be reliant on Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 operating system. The curiosities doesn’t stop there either as Alienware looks to penetrate the PC gaming market with a Steam Machine that is likely to differ vastly from the initial crop that hit the market.

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Facebook has once again updated its official iOS app, taking it to version 13.1. Recent update history on its mobile apps has shown us that Facebook prefers to play it safe when outlining the changes and revisions that make up the updates that are pushed out to its Facebook, Messenger and Instagram apps.

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As part of a touching tribute to the American actor and stand-up comedian Robin Williams, Apple has created a unique section withi its iTunes Store that houses a number of his globally loved movies as well as some of his most famous comedy routines that made him a household name around the world. The “Remembering Robin Williams” section of the iTunes Store is Apple’s method of paying tribute to “one of the most beloved and unforgettable performers in the history of show business”.

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If you’re one of the millions of individuals around the world that suffers from the daily frustration of plugging in a USB cable the wrong way then prepare yourself to be overcome with relief and hysterical excitement. The USB 3.0 Promoter Group has today announced the finalization of a specification that defines a new type of USB cable, bringing to an end the anger and confusion that’s felt by us all on a daily basis.

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We’re still waiting for the official introduction of the iPhone 6, but a new report is suggesting that Apple’s supply chain partners are also in the process of readying themselves internally for production of the company’s next-generation iPads. If the sources in the report are to be trusted, then it would seem that the initial stages of production on the new iPad Air 2 are underway, with the latest in the 9.7-inch iPad range slated to land on the shelves of digital and brick and mortar Apple outlets towards the end of the third-quarter.

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The owners and developers behind the popular XBMC software have announced a name change that will see the software rebranded as ‘Kodi’. The name change has been a long time coming in fairness, with the outgoing title suggesting to users that the powerful software is capable of being installed and invoked on Microsoft’s Xbox gaming consoles. That may have been true once upon a time, but XBMC hasn’t been capable of running on an Xbox since the original hardware release, with no compatibility being offered with Microsoft’s 360 or One offerings. The rebrand will see the software welcome in its third name change in the last 12 years and should also provide some much-needed clarity on the Xbox compatibility issues.

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If you find Apple’s default method of unlocking your iOS device a little cumbersome and overused then one of the latest tweaks to land in Cydia could provide some comfort. BlowToUnlock is a new tweak for jailbroken iOS devices that allows the hardware to be unlocked and accessed when a “blow” of air is detected on the device’s microphone aperture. In short, you can hold the device up to your mouth, blow into it and expect to get immediate access to the device without going through the traditional Slide to Unlock process.

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AgileBits, the well-known Canadian development company behind the extremely popular 1Password suite of apps, has today officially lifted the cover on its 1Password app extension for apps developed with Apple’s upcoming iOS 8 SDK. The official introduction of a powerful new set of developer tools at this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference not only reignited the passion within the world of iOS, but also paved the way for developers like AgileBits to extend the functionality of existing software to provide additional power to users. The new extension will finally make it possible for third-party developers to integrate 1Password automatic login into their own iOS 8 apps.

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When a major hardware company come to the realization that it needs to launch an accompanying mobile app with its product, it tends to focus on the two biggest mobile platforms; iOS and Android. And rightly so as a recent collection of statistics has suggested that as of June 2014 those two platforms account for almost 90% of the smartphone market. With that said, it’s extremely important to not only remember, but also consider catering for growing options such as Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform. FitBit, the manufacturers of the FitBit Flex and other powerful wearables, provided some good news a few weeks ago by announcing that it was building a native experience for Windows Phone 8.1 users, with that app now being live on the Windows Phone Store for immediate download.

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As part of its continuing effort to focus on user-experience and force the majority of mobile users of its service to download and install the official Messenger app, Facebook has reiterated the fact that the built-in chat and messaging functionality will soon disappear from the main Facebook app. The Palo Alto based social network has plied significant resources into developing and improving the Facebook mobile experience over the last twenty-four months, with the standalone Facebook Messenger app spearheading that internal initiative. Over the next few days users who still have access to the chat functionality within the main Facebook app will be receiving notifications to warn them of the impending change.

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Keeping in line with a number of rumors that surfaced over the weekend, Apple has today announced a relatively important refresh to its MacBook Pro range of computers. The update to the MacBook Pro with Retina display line of machines had been widely anticipated, and although the amendments don’t come as a great surprise, they do mean that those looking to purchase one of Apple’s portable Mac computers will ultimately benefit from a more powerful experience along with a reduced financial outlay.

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