Apple’s iOS 8 and subsequent releases haven’t been short of issues since the first public release on September 18th, and with iOS 8.1 currently in the hands of beta testers it’s clear that Apple is already working to squash as many bugs as possible. Some are still apparent in the version of iOS that’s running on most iPhones and iPads, one of which is a complete inability to use Personal Hotspot.

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Cycloramic for iPhone 6 just went free on iTunes for a limited period. Earlier we covered Cycloramic built for the iPhone 5, but it worked for both the iPhone 4 and 4s. The award winning app, has now been specifically made for the iPhone 6, and allows users to capture hands-free panoramas and videos using the front-facing or rear camera. Cycoloramic achieves this by activating the built-in vibration motors of the iPhone 6 in a manner that allows the device to rotate a complete 360-degrees, as it captures images, and instantaneously stitches them together to generate a panoramic photo.

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There will always be people wanting to argue over which device is best. Is it the latest and greatest phone to come out of Apple’s Cupertino design labs, or Samsung’s newest Android-powered Galaxy S effort? It’s a discussion that has been going on ever since Samsung and Apple squared up to each other at the higher end of the smartphone market, and while there are obviously devices on sale from other hardware makers, it’s the two arch rivals that tend to capture the imaginations, and the wallets, of most customers.

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With the introduction of iOS 8, we saw Apple finally treading into the world of third-party keyboards, that had developers approach this opportunity by offering improved functionality, while some went the aesthetics route. Now with the release of iPhone 6/6 Plus, third-party keyboards have taken another interesting turn.

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Smart home products have risen in prominence over the past couple of years in particular, and thanks to crowd-sourcing sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, these seamless home automation gadgets continue to gather steam. The August Smart Lock, which was first introduced last year, has just begun shipping to those who pre-ordered, and if you wish to get your hands on a unit, you can do so right now for the price of $250.

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HDR or High Dynamic Range photography has long since aided those looking to take snaps in low light, but while the HDR setting has been available on iPhone from the 2010 introduction of the iPhone 4, video is quite a different matter. But for those in ownership of the iPhone 6 or the iPhone 6 Plus, help is at hand courtesy of a new, third-party app, which shoots video in HDR and can, when tweaked properly, offer a better standard of output versus Apple’s stock software.

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A few days back, Skype introduced some revamped features for its desktop client, with a distinct focus on improving the user’s instant messaging experience. So while Skype is busy improving the users’ experience on both, the mobile and desktop version of its app, let us introduce you to Skype Qik. Taking a distinctly different route than Skype, Skype Qik is built for asynchronous video messaging, where you create and share video messages with online and offline users. The app gives you a slight peek into what Skype may have looked like had it started out as an app for the mobile.

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Not too long ago, we covered how Facebook will be bringing Stickers to its comments system. Well, finally, someone in Facebook managed to push out an update to Facebook, which allows you to express your emotional glory in the comments section for all those pillow fight, status’, pictures, videos etc., using Stickers.

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On the other side of the world, where we often meet ourselves, is an array of mobile app icons that can be brutally honest to you if you give it a chance. Icons help you quickly identify one app from the other, but what tells you what that app is really meant for, or what their existence means to you and your mobile device. As I eerily tread borderline ‘cuckoo’, I’ll ask you if you believe in any stereotype characterizations for some of the famous smartphone apps out there.

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Apple’s iPhone 6 has already sold tens of millions of units across the globe, and with some 20 million Chinese consumers having also secured themselves a unit in the run-up to the launch in China later on this week, we’re still not able to put a ballpark figure next to the device’s success. But given the popularity, Apple is regularly faced with imitations, and now Lenovo, which is currently in the process of purchasing Motorola from Google, has come through with a mid-range handset that appears an almost carbon copy of the mobile industry’s current must-have.

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Within iOS 8, the typing experience has improved dramatically. Not only has Apple now made it possible for users to download their favorite third-party offerings like Fleksy, Swype and SwiftKey, but the native keyboard is also far superior to the lackluster native arrangement that users have endured for the past seven years. The autocomplete feature, in particular, will estimate the next word in your sentence, writing out your body of text through a combination of guesswork and learned algorithms. But while this is useful for your everyday typist, one YouTuber has taken things a step further by allowing the stock feature to essentially write its own song. The result is pretty hilarious, and below, you can check it out.

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Apple has pulled off a magical logistics and marketing stunt with the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, as sales record hit an all time high on the launch date, with over 10 million units in its first weekend of release. Then we have China, which has already reported over 20 million pre-orders for the October 17th release, and that’s just stats from the supporting carriers and an online Chinese Web store. Apple has announced that it will be releasing the new iPhone in 36 countries, including China and India on October 17th, along with Monaco as well. For more, read on after the jump!

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iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders in China have hit the 20 million mark. Of course, as you read this, that number must be increasing, given the population size of the country and its undeniable interest in Apple products.

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Next Thursday’s Apple event is widely believed to be the place that will announce two new iPads and, if we’re really lucky, a new Retina iMac. Hardware aside though, it looks increasingly likely that the following weekend will be when Apple Pay goes live.

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It wouldn’t be too harsh to say that iOS 8 hasn’t been Apple’s finest hour. Whether it be the botched launch of Health or the fact that Apple managed to push an update out that stopped a large number of iPhones from talking to the cellular network, someone inside the firm that could once do no wrong is probably sweating a little more than usual.

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A new hidden menu lets users record 1080p video using Instagram’s Hyperlapse app, with more options also opened up for good measure.

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Modern smartphones are great and all, but even with the trend of ever increasing screen sizes making it possible for manufactures to squeeze larger batteries into them, today’s flagship handsets just don’t last long enough between charges. There are exceptions to the rule, granted, but as a whole it’s likely you’re going to be charging that new phone of yours by the end of the day, especially if you know you won’t be able to charge it the next.

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Apple is clearly making a play for the health tracking market with its Health app and the integration with third-party apps that it makes possible, and while syncing food consumption data with apps is all well and good, it’s when you start adding bespoke hardware into the mix that things really start to get interesting.

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Apple is set to hold another big event on October 16th, with new iPads and possibly new Macs on the agenda. It’s something announced at the company’s last press outing that is currently making the headlines though, with Apple Pay and its impending go-live on everyone’s minds.

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Boost Mobile – Sprint’s prepaid subsidiary – has announced the availability of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus from October 17th, at discount of $100, making it the first prepaid carrier to offer these devices. It is interesting to see that the devices will be made available a day right after the Apple event in Cupertino on the 16th. Earlier when the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c were launched, the carrier slashed off $100 of the original retail price, just like it has done so for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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